Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Research Cognition and Development
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Dale E. Pehrsson
Third Committee Member
William E. Cross Jr.
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
Although research has effectively isolated and identified the key characteristics of a culturally competent counselor, there are few studies regarding the acquisition of these characteristics. To close the gap between theory and practice, studies are needed researching the emergence and, acquisition of these characteristics. This study explores how Masters-level Counselor Education students narrate the encounters, challenges, triumphs and epiphanies associated with their preliminary attempts to practice in a culturally competent manner. This phenomenological inquiry seeks to shed light students attitudes, beliefs and dispositions; defines the processes related to the acquisition of cognitive awareness and learning, skills and abilities; and illuminates how students describe their individual progress toward the acquisition of the traits and characteristics of a culturally competent counselor. Data was subjected to content analysis. The Cultural Competency Domains Model set the framework for analysis. The findings inform development of pedagogy.
The analysis revealed the challenges, discomfort, angst and discoveries associated with self-understanding and self-confrontation regarding students cross cultural abilities and skills during their earliest exposure to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation. Six core themes emerged: (1) Attitudes, beliefs and dispositions. (2) Cognitive awareness and learning. (3) Skills and abilities. (4) Cultural competence. (5) Opinions about school. (6) Self-assessment. Recommendations for educators are offered.
Cognitive awareness; Counseling competence; Counselor education; Cross-cultural counseling; Cultural competence; Educational counseling – Study and teaching; Metacognition; Pedagogy; Phenomenology; Student counselors
Counseling Psychology | Educational Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Garner, Douglas L., "The Acquisition of Cultural Competence: A Phenomenological Inquiry Highlighting The Processes, Challenges and Triumphs of Counselor Education Students" (2012). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1564.