The global nature of today's society has created more international students than ever, and these students face an increasing variety of demands while living and learning across cultures. Counselors are one of the key resources available to such students, yet they themselves have often not had significant training in this area. Addressing this need, Counseling International Students: Clients from Around the World, provides essential information for professionals working with students during cross-cultural transition.
This book introduces readers to contributions made by international students in higher education, and supplies in-depth information about the nature of cross-cultural transitions including initial entry to the host culture as well as the return home. A framework of multicultural counseling competencies is applied with suggestions for counselors to increase their self-awareness, knowledge, skills, and abilities for organizational development. Case examples, throughout, highlight the range of roles and strategies that can be used in counseling international students, and the book is filled with practical information for enhancing counseling services for this population.
The audience for this book is counselors and other mental health professionals who deal with cross-cultural issues as well as students in this area.
1: Introduction to Counseling International Students.
2: International Students: Learners in Transition.
3: The Transition Issues of International Students.
4: Re-Entry Transition.
5: Multicultural Counseling Competencies.
6: Case Examples.
7: Enhancing Counseling Services for International Students.
About the Author:
Nancy Arthur, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Calgary. In her role as a counselor educator, Nancy instructs courses on theories of career development, career counseling, and cultural influences on professional practices. She is particularly interested in how models and processes of counseling can be adapted to support culturally diverse populations.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Calgary, Dr. Arthur gained 15 years of experience counseling international students as a counselor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. There she worked with diverse groups of adult learners through career and personal counseling, and the delivering psycho-educational workshops to students and faculty.
With 20 years of experience in post-secondary education and career development, Dr. Arthur is particularly interested in helping people manage cross-cultural transitions. This includes consulting with organizations, training staff to develop competencies for working with culturally diverse clients, developing training and educational materials, and helping organizations design and implement internationalization strategies.