Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling – PACO 504

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/30/2022

Course Description

This course introduces students to the constructs of Ethnicity, Families, and Counseling. It focuses on the contribution of ethnic background to family makeup and functioning. Major ethnic minorities are studied along with the counseling approaches appropriate to each.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Today’s society is diverse. Tomorrow’s world will contain an even more multicultural mix. In order to possess the values, knowledge, and skills to impact tomorrow’s world in a way that reflects God’s love and compassion, today’s ministers, especially pastoral counselors, must be prepared to work effectively and efficiently with this increasingly diverse population.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze multicultural trends as they impact the church and pastoral care environment.
  2. Compare and contrast his/her own cultural background, attitudes, beliefs, understandings, and acculturative experiences with those of persons from other cultural groups.
  3. Articulate his/her own model of pastoral multicultural care in light of existing pastoral care theories.
  4. Differentiate how different cultural experiences shape a pastoral care client’s identity development.
  5. Differentiate individual, couple, family, group, and community pastoral care strategies for working with diverse populations.
  6. Distinguish how different church and pastoral care responses to clients with sexual orientation issues can hinder or help the person’s healing and growth in Christ.
  7. Articulate how gender differences impact pastoral care issues and ministry strategies.
  8. Compare and contrast how different worldview assumptions between pastoral counselors and their clients influence assessment and pastoral counseling.
  9. Describe a biblical/theological perspective that promotes appreciation of diversity in creation while maintaining a distinctively evangelical viewpoint.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 4 Discussions designed to allow the student to interact with course materials. Each Discussion consists of a 500-word thread and at least 1 reply to a classmate that is at least 250 words. The student must incorporate and synthesize course materials, support his or her assertions using scholarly research, and use current APA or Turabian format.

Quiz: Q&A Subscription

The student must confirm their subscription to the Question & Answer Forum. The quiz contains 1 true/false question. There is no time limit.

Mid-Course Reflection Assignment

The student will select 1 of 5 approved topics for this essay. The paper must demonstrate a contemplative reflection of course concepts. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly sources outside of course materials. The paper must be formatted in current APA or Turabian format. 

Book Response Assignment

After reading Seeking Allah, Findng Jesus, the student will provide a research-based commentary on Islam.  The student will then discuss the author’s (Qureshi) conversion to Christianity.  Finally, the student will address a pastoral counseling case study. This assignment must be 4-8 pages.

Exam Creation Assignments (2)

In these assignments, the student will create a 20-question mock exam covering the chapters in the Sue, et. al. text, and create 4 questions per chapter plus 2 essay (constructive response) questions of the student's choice.

Annotated Outline Presentations Assignment

In this assignment, the student will create 2 presentations in annotated outline form.
The purpose of this assignment is for the student to demonstrate sensitivity and attention to
two different audiences, one secular and the other faith-based.

Course Presentations Reflection Assignment

This assignment is designed to replicate a comprehensive final exam, of sorts, focusing on the
first 7 modules’ PowerPoint and accompanying oral presentations.