Date of Award

1-1-2009

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Educational Psychology

First Advisor

Zyromski, Brett

Abstract

Due to the ever growing diversity of school populations in the United States, it becomes increasingly more vital that school counselors are efficient in multicultural counseling. As the significance of effective multicultural counseling competencies increases, so too does the importance of accurately assessing these proficiencies. To assess school counselors' ability to implement multicultural techniques, specific constructs must be developed. The central focus of this research is to develop an instrument which accurately assesses the multicultural counseling competencies of school counselors and conforms to standards set by the American School Counselor Association and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development. By exploring these standards and investigating qualitative and quantitative data regarding current competencies, school counselors can work more effectively with a diverse student body.

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