Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: DAAC-2330 (Section: 71, CRN: 91827)
Multicultural Counseling
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kimberly Arrington
Email arringtonkd@lamarpa.edu
Phone 4099846356
Office Student Center - Room: 408
Office Hours On Campus Hours in Person:Tuesdays 10:00 -5:00; Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 
Virtual Office hours posted in ConexEd
In person Appointments can be made at other times and arranged through email 
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Course Information
Description An examination of the multicultural counseling theories and characteristics of diverse populations.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Jones-Smith, Elisa; Culturally Diverse Counseling; Theory and Practice; Sage (ISBN: 978-1-4833-8826-7 
You will NOT be required to cover the entire text in this course.

Additional Materials/Resources Web based information and other pertinent information is available in Blackboard
Corequisites/Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Course Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to: 1. Explain the counselor's responsibility in developing and maintaining cultural competence. 2. Compare and contrast various multicultural counseling theories. 3. Identify and categorize unique issues affecting diverse populations. 4. Identify barriers to treatment. 5. Explain personal values, biases, and prejudices. Student Learning Objectives 1. Identify major counseling theories, key figures, their philosophy, and key concepts. 2. Define and explain techniques relevant to the various theories. 3. Identify major approaches to treatment. 4. Identify the attitudes and skills that are essential to becoming an effective multicultural counselor.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes : Demonstrates effective, ethical, multicultural care for a diverse group of individuals within the scope of practice of a professional counselor in the field of behavioral addictions and substance use disorders.  Identify and demonstrate knowledge of the basics of counseling principles, theories and skills to include crisis management.
Lecture Topics Outline Becoming Multiculturally Competent Counselor in field of Substance Use Disorder Treatment: 
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy: The Journey to Becoming a Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapist
·         Cultural Meaning Systems, Cultural Trust, and Cultural Humility
·         Neuroscience, Multiple Cultural Identities, and Cultural Strengths
·         Strengths-Based Development, Culture, and Clinical Practice
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for African Americans
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for Hispanic and Latino/a Americans
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for Arab and Muslim Americans
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for White Americans of European Ancestry
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for Women
·         Culturally Responsive Strengths-Based Therapy for LGBTQ Individuals
Major Assignments Schedule DAAC_2330_71_202390_P00311296.pdf
Final Exam Date December 7, 2023 - 5:30 PM   Through  December 7, 2023 - 7:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Final Grade Determinations
Quizzes & Tests                                20%
Cultural Interview Assignment   20%
Culture Video Presentation         20%
Discussion Board assignments    40%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies

Contacting Instructor: 
I am available most efficiently through Email at all times during the day Monday - Friday.

You may text me if it is an emergency and absolutely necessary, otherwise, please email. All course business is to be discussed via email.  I will not discuss grades, deadlines or assignments via text. I will generally answer emails within 2-5 hours  Monday - Friday at 12. Fridays and weekends I will generally respond within 24 hours. Advising, registration, other matters will be discussed in email. 


  • This focus of Multicultural Counseling includes characteristics of minorities and diverse populations encountered by counselors and general issues among those groups which may affect the counseling process.
  • This course will also discuss the need for counselors to identify their own beliefs, ideas, stereotypes, and issues related to ethnicity, race, and culture. By nature of the topic this course will address sensitive and personal issues and how to address those as a professional in the counseling field.
  • All students are expected to practice acceptance of one another and maintain an open mind and maintain respect at all times.
  • This course is going to be a combination of reading material, power points presentations, and videos
  • You will have a presentation that will be due towards end of the semester.
  • This is a 3 hour course, and as such it is highly recommended that you set aside 3 hours weekly for this course in order to stay on task and do well.
Attendance Policy Attendance Requirements Students are suggested to log into the course daily to check emails and announcements.
Additional Information CONFIDENTIALITY/Content Advisory: It is expected that this class will contain information that at times will be of a personal nature to many students. These classes prepare you for a career in counseling. Some class discussions will deal with difficult and sensitive topics around drug use, alcohol use, consequences of that use and other matters. The topics often lead to personal information being shared in the classroom or online in discussion boards. Privileged information that is shared may under NO CIRCUMSTANCES be repeated or shared outside the classroom. I will be available to any student who wishes to discuss private matters regarding material in class/ If you feel you need professional counseling services, the College has a counseling center available to students, or I can furnish a referral for you.

The student is ultimately responsible for his/her own learning and professional growth, what you put into it is what you will get out of it! It is your responsibility to conduct a realistic self-appraisal of what you personally need to master and how you can best attain it. Challenge yourself to grow as an individual and a professional.
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Allied Health
Chair:Shirley MacNeill
Phone:(409) 984-6365