Transformative learning through international immersion: Building multicultural competence in family therapy and counseling

Teresa McDowell, Kristen Goessling, Tatiana Melendez

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

37 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study explores the experiences of graduate students who completed one of two international courses facilitated by family therapy faculty in a U.S. master's-level counseling psychology department. Participants reported that international courses were personally and professionally transformative. Spending time in a foreign country gave them opportunities to learn from cultural differences, ultimately increasing the social and global awareness required for multicultural sensitivity. Experiential learning, reflection, and dialogue resulted in raised critical consciousness among participants. In this article, we discuss the transformational learning processes embedded in international courses and the potential benefits of these experiences on the development of multicultural sensitivity in family therapists and counselors in training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-379
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Transformative learning through international immersion: Building multicultural competence in family therapy and counseling'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this