Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Cultural Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course Code COUN220
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) N/A
Course Aims
This course aims to enhance students’ general cultural sensitivity and competence in working with diverse populations. Specific situations and conditions occurring currently in Hong Kong will be discussed to facilitate students to develop insights about various cultural issues. The course will explore the implications of diversity in psychotherapy and counselling in several ways. First, the issues of nomothetic and idiographic nature regarding human society will be examined and discussed. Additionally, the interrelatedness of cultural elements, such as implicit assumptions, environmental and cultural factors which affect the practice and utilization of psychotherapy and counselling across cultures will be addressed and appraised. Multicultural competence and intercultural communications will also be explored so students will have a better grasp of both the challenges and benefits that cultural diversity brings to counselling practices.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Describe the concepts and dimensions of culture, as well as various frameworks in
    understanding culture, worldview, and values.
2. Critically discuss the presuppositions of existing theories and practices in relation to
    cultural diversity.
3. Examine the issues of discrimination, cultural-privilege, personal biases towards
    specific populations or settings, as well as the implications for counselling and
4. Apply knowledge of multicultural competence, intercultural communication, and
    critical reflexivity in counselling and psychotherapy.
Assessment Tasks
Online Quizzes
Group Presentation & Paper
Case Study Paper
Final Examination
For Reference Only
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