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PAU courses integrated into each degree program are designed to provide specialized knowledge of global and multicultural issues as they apply to mental health practice, policy and administration domestically and internationally.

Introduction to Global Mental Health

CLIN 884

This is an elective course for both the Trauma and the Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH) areas of emphasis in the doctoral programs.

It explores the socio-cultural and political forces that shape the assessment, manifestation, and treatment of mental illnesses globally. Students take a critical view of diagnostic systems and examine the scientific research suggesting culturally specific, systematic differences in presentation of mental illnesses worldwide. We review clinical and treatment practices when working with individuals with mental illnesses from low resource settings within low and middle income countries worldwide.  Specifically, students explore topics around task sharing, culturally-specific communication styles, idioms of social relatedness, emotional expression, familial structure, stigma, and power dynamics.  The course also discusses research partnerships and community-based participatory methods.  Course structure includes readings, lectures, guest lectures, audio-visual materials, active discussion, in-class workshops and take-home experiential exercises.

Multicultural Counseling Theories and Techniques

CLDV 601

This course covers competencies in counseling and therapy related to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of diversity and cultural competence. The goal of this course is to introduce cultural differences and issues pertaining to conducting research, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with multicultural populations. It also covers theory, research, assessment, and interventions as they apply to race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and variability related to differential abilities. The course also addresses ethics, acculturation, ethnic identity, the impact of racism and discrimination, community interventions, policy, and the education and training of counselors and therapists.

Cultural Differences: Cross-Cultural Issues in Psychology


This  course explores fundamental issues concerning cultural competence and the provision of psychological services for people from different cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds, and, to some extent, other people who have been “marginalized” in some way. Emphasis is placed on understanding cultural similarities and differences, approaches and techniques useful in diagnoses, research, assessment, and treatment of culturally different clients. Students participate in active discussions about current and historical cultural events where exploration of factors that differentiate one group from another are analyzed, identified and defined as culturally relevant issues.

Culturally Competent Counseling

CLDV 700

Overview of issues related to multicultural counseling and psychology. The focus is on the interface of divergent identities and cultural experiences and the development of cross-cultural competency for clinicians.

Sociology: Globalization


Globalization refers to a variety of political, economic, cultural, and social changes that are currently transforming the world. Countries are increasingly interconnected by flows of information, trade, money, immigrants, technology, and culture. Transnational corporations and political organizations (e.g., the UN) have grown in size and influence, as have the organized social movements that lobby or oppose them. The goal of the course is to clarify what globalization is and how it is affecting societies around the world. This course provides an overview of globalization and its consequences, drawing on new theoretical ideas from sociology and related fields.

Global Economics


Analysis of the microeconomics and macroeconomics of global trade, growth, development, investment, foreign exchange markets, international capital movements, global competitiveness, international treaties, and laws. Countries and economies are increasingly becoming more interconnected by the flow of information, trade, money, immigrants, technology, and culture. Students learn what globalization is and how it is affecting the economic and social development.

Cultural Anthropology


This course provides an introduction to the concepts in the anthropological study of human behavior. It explores the ways of life of people in different societies and outlines various strategies anthropologists have used to study and understand them. Cultural anthropologists use the concept of culture to account for the tremendous variety of practices and beliefs that appear throughout the world. The capacity to create and sustain cultural understandings is unique to humans--culture is central to the human adaptation to physical, social and psychological environments. Topics covered include the concept of culture, language, kinship and social organization economics, socialization, psychology, politics, religion, and global issues.

Multicultural Studies


This course explores the social construction of race, ethnicity, and gender through international and historical perspective. Each of these three kinds of hierarchical differences joins a set of ideas about natural and cultural essences that serve to define and justify social boundaries. This course surveys the evolving theories of race, ethnicity, and gender among anthropologists, historians, and other scholars over the past three decades. It also examines the role that these social constructs play in society and the workplace.

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