The influence of film and experiential pedagogy on multicultural counseling self-efficacy and multicultural counseling competence

Jennifer Helen Greene, Sejal Mehta Barden, Edrica D Richardson, Kristopher Gregory Hall


Scholarly discourse has emphasized the need for culturally competent practices.  Additionally, multicultural self-efficacy has been found to be critical in working with clients from diverse backgrounds, however, there is a relative paucity of literature on how to teach counselor trainees to be culturally competent and self-efficacious (Kim & Lyons, 2003). The use of experiential education is one pedagogical tool that has been supported in effectively connecting multicultural theory to practice (Arthur & Achenbach, 2002; Coleman, 2006).  In this study, researchers investigated the influence of experiential pedagogical strategies with an emphasis on film on multicultural counseling competence (MCC) and multicultural counseling self-efficacy (MCSE). Results indicated that both MCC and MCSE increased as a result of one semester in a multicultural counseling class.  Additional findings and limitations are discussed.


Multicultural Competence; Multicultural Counseling Self-Efficacy; Experiential Pedagogy

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