School counselors' multicultural counseling competence: An exploratory study
The multicultural counseling competence of school counselors has received increasing attention due to the multicultural demographic student population. This study's primary goal was to focus on school counselors' self perceptions of their multicultural counseling competence. The Multicultural Counseling Competence & Training Skills Survey (MCCTS-R; Holcomb-McCoy, 2001) was the instrument used for this study and 185 school counselors that worked in elementary and secondary schools completed the survey. The survey elicited demographic information that included: gender, age, level of degree, marital status, school assignment, percentage of time with minority students, multicultural courses taken, years of counseling experience, and race of the school counselor. The survey also assessed their perceptions of multicultural counseling competence according to a Likert-type scale that indicated competence on the five dimensions of Multicultural Knowledge, Multicultural Awareness, Multicultural Skills, Multicultural Terminology, and Racial Identity Development. The results suggest that school counselors' perceived themselves to be largely multiculturally competent on all dimensions but slightly lower on racial identity and terminology.
0519: School counseling
0603: Counseling Psychology