Multicultural Counseling and Research Issues – PSYC 351

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/11/2022

Course Description

Mental health counseling should assist students to take their own backgrounds into account before learning about counseling approaches which center around techniques shown to be multiculturally effective. The importance of therapist characteristics will be emphasized. Additionally, research leading to the misunderstanding of minority culture members will be critiqued as the value of objective scientific reporting is recognized to be critical to advancement in the mental health field.

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


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. demographic outlook is in continual flux, with ethnic and racial minorities increasing at a much faster rate than the white majority. The research literature asserts that one's culture has a major influence on how one sees and experiences the world. It creates and shapes many aspects of a person's life, including language, beliefs, values, leisure activities, food consumption habits, clothing preferences, attitudes toward time, eye contact, gestures and body movements, facial expressions, and even attitudes toward life and death. The Psychology program at Liberty University is cognizant of the above U.S. population trends, as well as the dynamics that govern diversified communities. As a means of enhancing the University’s goal of training champions for Christ and preparing students to be competent and relevant in their chosen vocational fields, the psychology program has developed a strategy of preparing students to labor in a culturally diversified market place, giving them the necessary tools to be effective, comprehensive, and successful in those chosen fields. This course accomplishes that.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

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 create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (CLO: C, D, F)

Scholarly Article Critique Paper Assignments (2)

This paper is made up of 2 assignments: the Scholarly Article Critique: Proposal Assignment and the Scholarly Article Critique: Final Submission Assignment.

The student will summarize and critique 1 scholarly journal article (it must be a journal article—no book or article reviews, books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, newsletters, or editor’s comments/summary of an edition will be accepted) from the ‘References’ section of the course textbook. The Journal Article Summary/Critique must be 3.5-4 pages, not including the title, abstract, and reference pages. The student must include a biblical worldview in his or her analysis. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Supplemental Assignment

For the Supplemental Assignment, the student will read the provided articles (2) in the Resources section and write an annotated bibliography in current APA format for the 2 articles. (CLO: C, D, F)

PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

Create a 6 slide power point presentation for one of the two articles provided on Canvas from the annotated bibliography (Supplemental 1). Describe the following main points of the article in your power point: The hypothesis of the study, the participant of the study, the methods used in the study, and the results of the study. Include a biblical application in the power point. (CLO: C, D, F)

Quizzes (4)

Each test will cover the Learn material for the module: week in which it is assigned, as well as the prior module: week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, and contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Some tests may also include matching questions, and an essay question. There is a 90 minute time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)