Social and Multicultural Foundations: Cultural Self-Study and Integration

Your work in this paper will aim to demonstrate
a synthesis of class material, theoretical understanding, explorations of clinical application, and
personal development and engagement with topics such as intersectionality, privilege, and
As part of the paper, you will include a reflection on the Personal Development Reflection
Summary (which instructors will provide by November 29).
Part I: Cultural Self-Study
In this reflection paper, please explore some (not necessarily all) of the following:
● What “culture” do you come from?
● Identify how your race, gender, sexuality, class, size, age, faith, language, citizenship
status, or ability affects your place in the world and your relationship with others.
● Where do you find yourself in the exploration of power, privilege, and oppression? Be
honest and curious. In your discussion, you may utilize identity developmental
● Identify aspects or values from your own culture that have shaped, formed or informed
you as you have developed as a cultural being.
○ Where did you learn these?
○ How were they transmitted or imparted to you?
○ How have you integrated or internalized them?
○ How do they show up in your daily life?
● Include concepts from course readings or material that most resonates for you. Please
see “Thoughts on Culture” on the last page of this document.
Part II: Personal Development Reflection Summary
You will receive your PDR Summary, which contains information from all the PDRs from the
semester. It includes feedback from yourself, the instructors, and members of the class. Reflect
on what this feedback tells you and how it impacts you.
● What is your understanding of Right Use of Power?
● What do you most appreciate about yourself?
● In what capacity do you most want to grow?
● What somatic responses do you notice as you receive the summary?
● Are there any specific salient identities/experiences?
● Explicitly name patterns or trends that you see. For example, comparing the beginning of
the semester to the middle/end; comparing your stories about how you showed up in
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class with the stories told about you; comparing which social identities/experiences were
named and which were not named by you or others.
Part III: Conclusion: Clinical Implications
● How might these two explorations influence your future work as a counselor? How do
some of these theories (4 I’s of Oppression, Right Use of Power, intersectionality, cycle of
socialization, social construction, identity development models, cultural humility, etc.)
inform you as a counselor-in-training? How might these influence you as a therapist
working with individuals from varying backgrounds?
Technical Requirements

  1. Papers should be 6-8 pages in length, typed, double-spaced, in 12-point serif font (e.g.,
    Times New Roman, Garamond, etc.), with 1-inch margins (top, bottom, left, right).
  2. You must upload a Microsoft Word doc or docx file format version and a PDF version.
  3. Use a minimum of 5 sources. Integrate these into your paper to critically develop and
    investigate your discussion. (Sources can include readings and audiovisual materials
    presented in class, class lecture and discussion, class experientials, and discussion forum
  4. Demonstrate intentional organization throughout the paper.
  5. The PDR reflection (Part II) should make up no more than half of the content in your
  6. Use a style that allows your personal reflective voice to be exercised, while maintaining
    higher level thinking. In other words, avoid being overly academic or clinical, and
    simultaneously do not approach the paper purely as a journal or diary entry.
  7. Use academic conventions of written English, including grammar, punctuation,
    mechanics, and documentation.
  8. You must include a References page and APA documentation.

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