Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Director

Danica G. Hays

Committee Member

Edward Neukrug

Committee Member

Gwendolyn Lee-Thomas


The shifting population demographics of the United States are an unmistakable sign that the work of professional counselors and educators will continue to see an increase in the diversity of their client populations. It can be surmised, that paralleling this population change will be a subsequent increase in the demand for multicultural sensitive education and counseling, with particular attention being given to oppressed and marginalized groups who have been traditionally underserved. The counseling profession, guided by the American Counseling Association's (ACA) Code of Ethics, has unequivocally stated that professional counselors need to be proficient at providing multicultural competent counseling services to the growing and diverse multicultural population in the United States. It is not only a job requirement but a professional responsibility for counselors to be properly trained and prepared to effectively work with diverse and complex segments of our society. This study looks at the link between CACREP standards, graduate multicultural counseling training, and the resulting impact on the perceived competence of counselor trainees. It is a phenomenological case study exploring the experiences and perceptions of students and faculty in a CACREP accredited counseling program's multicultural course.