Multicultural counseling competencies of school counselors
Hayden-Davis, Andrea Marie
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Current immigration patterns and increasing birthrates of diverse ethnic and racial groups have led to the cultural influx of people now living in the United States. Current demographic levels of diversity patterns are projected to become even more racially and ethnically diverse over the next decade. This trend, termed diversification, has particularly changed the demographic landscape in Georgia. This study examined the relationship between ethnicity, gender, previous multicultural training of school counselors, and multicultural counselor competency. Multicultural counselor was measured using the Multicultural Competency Inventory (MCI; Sodowsky, Taffe, Gutkin, & Wise, 1994). Results indicated a significant, albeit moderate, relationship between previous multicultural training and global multicultural counseling competency. Previous multicultural training accounted for 21.5% of the variance in multicultural counselor competency. Further results of four separate correlational analyses indicated a moderate statistically significant relationship between previous multicultural training and multicultural competency skills, multicultural awareness, and multicultural knowledge.