This online, 15-credit certificate program will help prepare you for practice with diverse groups.

This program is geared toward students who are currently in graduate programs or at the post-master’s level, and it is designed for students and current professionals in counseling, education, social work, psychology, business, and other health-related fields who are working with diverse populations. The certificate program also fulfills continuing education requirements through coursework for licensure or recertification.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • You’ll learn basic knowledge of and guidelines for practicing with diverse populations.
  • You can take all of the courses online, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.
  • You’ll work with internationally known faculty who have expertise in multicultural issues. The Department of Educational Psychology has focused on training multiculturally competent counselors and psychologists for more than 50 years, and in 2013 it won the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Bersoff Presidential Cultural Award for its success in recruiting and graduating doctoral students from diverse backgrounds.

Core Certificate Requirements

All certificate students are required to first complete COUNS 704 and 705 (for six credits), followed by three of six elective population-specific courses (for nine credits). You may not transfer credits into the certificate program. You’ll proceed through online modules for each course at your own pace and will interact with the instructor through e-mail, virtual office hours or by posting questions and responses in D2L, which is UWM’s online course management system.

You must demonstrate 80 percent correct responses on each module exam for successful completion. Courses 1 and 2 will have quizzes for all four modules. You may repeat the quiz until you pass it, but you must successfully complete all modules by the end of the semester or you will fail the course. The population-specific courses will have quizzes for each of four modules and responses to a provided case study as the capstone requirement. You will receive Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory as a final grade in each course.

Once you complete the program requirements (15 credits), the program coordinator and the department chair will give final approval for the certificate to appear on your transcript.

Course Descriptions

Core Courses
COUNS 704: Multicultural Guidelines: Overview and Ethics (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts in multicultural psychology and how they interact to shape the individual. Concepts such as oppression, power and privilege, social class, ethnic identity development, gender role socialization, discrimination, microaggressions, acculturation/assimilation, racism, ageism, ableism, and their manifestations are presented. Particular attention is given to how many of these factors influence worldview, contribute to marginalization, as well as to disparities in education, work and health.

COUNS 705: Multicultural Practice: Awareness And Knowledge of Others (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of and knowledge related to mental health practices of individuals from diverse cultural groups. Modules in the course will cover information related to ethical multicultural practice; understanding the client/patient within his/her cultural context; and understanding culturally-appropriate diagnosis, assessment and interventions.

Population-Specific Courses
COUNS 740: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Working With Latinos (3 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize you with essential information about the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States consisting of demographic, historical, sociopolitical and geographic contexts that are critical to understanding the population as well as the diversity within. Specific concepts and frames of reference such as identity, acculturation, language, family values, religion and spirituality, traditional beliefs about health and illness, gender role socialization and social class are discussed. Attention will be given to contemporary issues facing Latinos, including a discussion of factors that influence help-seeking and receiving care.

COUNS 741: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Working With LGBT Populations (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with multicultural mental health information as it pertains to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in the United States. Course modules will address areas related to demographics, historical factors and sociopolitical issues for LGBT communities and their influence on mental health. Specific concepts such as LGBT identity, intersection of multiple identities, cultural values, health issues and social class are discussed. Attention will be given to influential contemporary issues and practice considerations.

COUNS 742: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Working With Asian Americans (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding and knowledge related to mental health practices of individuals of Asian descent living in the United States. Modules in the course will cover information related to demographic, historical and sociopolitical factors for Asian Americans and their influence on mental health treatment. Topics will include educational and population factors, acculturation, language, sociopolitical history, cultural values, health care orientation and treatment.

COUNS 743: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Working With African Americans (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with multicultural mental health information as it pertains to African Americans in the United States. Course modules will address areas related to demographics, historical factors and sociopolitical issues for African Americans and their influence on mental health. Specific concepts such as identity, acculturation, cultural values, religion and spirituality, traditional health beliefs, gender role socialization and social class will also be discussed. Attention will be given to influential contemporary issues and practice considerations.

COUNS 744: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Work With First Nations (3 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize you with essential pan-cultural information about the mental health issues facing the First Nations populations in North America. First Nations populations include those also generally referred to as American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native American Indians. Demographic, historical, sociopolitical, and inter- and intra-ethnic contexts critical to understanding the First Nations will be addressed. Specific knowledge constructs such as identity formation, acculturation, enculturation, language, family and community values, religion and spirituality, traditional beliefs about health and illness, gender role socialization and social class are emphasized. Attention will be given to contemporary issues facing the First Nations that influence service delivery and the receipt of care. Culturally-relevant interventions will also be presented.

COUNS 745: Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines: Working With Men (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview of: (a) recent advances made in understanding how the traditionally socialized male gender role affects the lives of men, and (b) therapeutic techniques based on such advances which allow counselors to work with such men from a gender role sensitive perspective. An integral aspect of this course will be the extensive use of demonstrations and role-plays aimed at increasing the student’s ability to interact with and be therapeutically efficient with male clients from diverse backgrounds.

Admissions Requirements

We admit students on a rolling basis. Post-master’s students will submit a transcript and letter of intent. Students currently in a graduate program will submit a transcript and letter of intent and must demonstrate a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA. We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines. Please note that transfer credits will not be accepted.

Gainful Employment

The Multicultural Knowledge of Mental Health Practices Certificate is subject to gainful employment regulations.

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information

Program Faculty

Shannon Chavez-Korell, PhD
Enderis Hall 785
korell@uwm.edu

Stephen R. Wester, PhD
Enderis Hall 753
srwester@uwm.edu