Learning Objectives

Primary Objective

To provide insight into a number of disparities and barriers that racially and socioeconomically diverse students face in today’s schools and how multiculturally competent counselors can transform these challenges through various aspects of their practice

Secondary Objectives

To highlight several challenges diverse students face in schools, such as mental health concerns, achievement inequities, lack of preparation for college and career readiness, peer victimization, lack of preparation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and linguistic concerns

To provide a framework for social justice–focused school counseling

To describe multiculturally competent approaches to school counseling, including empowerment-focused and strengths-based counseling techniques and consultation practices