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Improving Intercultural Competence: School Counselors in Increasingly Multicultural Schools
Workshop Description
This interactive workshop helps school counselors improve their interactions with culturally diverse students and parents. Counselors will come out with a research-informed framework to better understand the cultural differences between students’ home and the classroom. Effective intercultural skills will be presented through critical incident discussions with a focus on Latino students since they are the fastest growing minority in U.S. schools. The cultural knowledge and interpersonal skills learned in this session will allow school counselors to comply with the ASCA National Model requirement of providing comprehensive and inclusive services to all students and parents.

Learning Objectives
  • Become aware of the drastic demographic changes taking place at all levels of the educational establishment.
  • Learn a research-based framework to become aware of one’s own cultural value orientations as well as those of the increasingly diverse student body.
  • Gain specific guidelines and strategies to engage culturally different students and their parents in counseling and in the educational process.
About the Presenter
Waldo Alvarado is a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a professional degree in psychology from overseas. He is a secondary school counselor and is a strong advocate for the implementation of the ASCA National Model. He has presented a number of intercultural competence workshops for school districts, private corporations, professional conferences and colleges.

Schedule: Full day, 0.6 CEUs available for participants.

Cost: $2,500* for full day
*In circumstances requiring extensive travel arrangements, additional fees may apply.  

To bring this professional development workshop to your district, e-mail Jennifer Walsh