Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Research Cognition and Development
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Dale E. Pehrsson
Third Committee Member
William Cross, Jr.
Fourth Committee Member
Number of Pages
Grounded theory methodology was employed to explore the experiences of counseling professionals as they work to develop a higher level of cultural competence. Three key findings support the core theme, navigating change toward cultural competent practices: 1) environmental awareness; 2) dispositions toward the development in cultural competency knowledge, and skill; and 3) systemic factors that influence cultural competency and growth. This study provided perspectives from those who work in the trenches, who are struggling to ensure that practices, instructional experiences, policies and procedures, and current research promote culturally competent practices. The results offer greater insight into the teaching practices, learning experiences, and system barriers for students, neophyte practitioners, and counselor educators.
Cultural diversity; Cultural pluralism; Grounded theory; Multiculturalism; Student counselors
Educational Leadership | Student Counseling and Personnel Services
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Wakefield, Marie Antoinette, "Counselor Development in the Process of Mastering Cultural Competence: A Study of Professional Growth Experiences" (2012). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1642.
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