Objectives

The  mission of the M.A. in Transcultural Counselling is to train world counsellors who are able to serve diverse populations worldwide. Graduates of this programme are global citizens who, as counsellors, possess a sense of social responsibility and global civic engagement, as well as global competence. To this end, the foundation of the programme is the development of transcultural counselling competency. The programme therefore promotes an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural diversity as it is reflected worldwide and a broader view of the sociocultural context surrounding counselling.  Given its emphasis on the transcultural counselling competency framework, the didactic and experiential aspects of the programme emphasise social justice principles. Students will therefore consider worldwide social transformations and the need for counselling intervention and advocacy at the individual, group, organisational, societal and international level. As the aim of the programme is to help students develop a global professional consciousness, issues related to cultural diversity are infused throughout the training curriculum.

The programme will provide graduate students with an in-depth knowledge base and practice skills in professional counselling. The program achieves this through the encouragement of scholarship in counselling, professional skills training and attention to the recognition of the counsellor as person. The programme is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling across cultures. 

 

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultural context of counselling and psychological principles;
  • Examine the influence of social contexts on human behaviour and development across countries and cultures;
  • Address issues and answer questions pertaining to various areas of counselling (personal, relational, familial, education, career, health and community);
  • Successfully apply counselling skills in helping situations, whilst applying sound ethical and professional judgements by fully respecting client autonomy and cultural realities, and by working within approved ethical codes and frameworks;
  • Make appropriate choices by applying counselling, psychological and transcultural principles in counselling situations;
  • Demonstrate the use of social justice initiatives and advocacy skills to remove barriers to client well-being;
  • Become competent professionals who integrate personal, academic and professional values and knowledge in their work as transcultural counsellors;
  • Understand their personal cultural realities and professional strengths and limitations, and be aware of how these may impinge on their work as counsellors;
  • Have a wide range of counselling skills, which can be used in individual and group counselling within different settings and cultural   contexts;
  • Demonstrate increased sensitivity and counselling competency that represent awareness of the diversity of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, nationality, and sexual orientation as relevant to counselling professionals working in contemporary environments that transcend national borders and cultural contexts.

 

 

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