The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

November 2012 Workshop: Multicultural Dynamics in Career Counseling

  • Friday, November 02, 2012
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Mercer University - Atlanta Campus
Featuring: Dr. J. Kip Matthews
Date: November 2, 2012
Location: Mercer University - Atlanta Campus 2930 Flowers Road South

Atlanta, GA 30341

Time: 9:00AM-12:15PM
3 CEUs Available

About the Workshop:

Over the past decade, increased attention has been devoted to the importance of integrating racial/ethnic/cultural issues into the career counseling process. Particular focus has been placed on the cultural relevance of vocational theories, the use of various assessments and interventions with diverse populations, and the importance of reaching out to under-served populations.

While the number of career centers, individual practitioners, and other service providers have grown, the utilization of career services by women and minorities have not kept pace. Cultural barriers encountered by diverse groups still exist, partly due to the racial and ethnic differences between counselor and client.

To more effectively engage under-served populations and expand our career practices, it is imperative that we understand the relevance and role of our own cultural identity. By understanding ourselves more fully and completely, career practitioners will be able to provide more respectful and inclusive services to all clients.

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to expand on their graduate training and more effectively examine important variables in their own practice which may influence the success of their interventions. During the latter half of this workshop, experiential exercises will be used to help us learn about our own identity and how that can enhance our professional work.

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss how individual and collective cultures impact career service provision.
2) Recognize the importance of creating a multiculturally-inclusive counseling environment.
3) Critically assess one's own cultural identity and its potential influence in the career counseling process.
4) Assess your own practice in promoting respectful cross-cultural interactions.

About Dr. Matthews:

Dr. Kip Matthews is a licensed psychologist and co-founder of AK Counseling & Consulting, Inc. based in Athens, GA. He regularly serves as a consultant for non-profit organizations and businesses around the areas of multicultural growth and development, creation of inclusive and respectful organizational cultures, and facilitating the development of psychologically-healthy workplaces. He consults with college and university career centers to deliver multiculturally-relevant and sensitive services. Dr. Matthews' counseling specialties include career and life planning, identity development, and sport and performance psychology.

Dr. Matthews has provided career development and related services in a variety of settings. He was the Career Services Coordinator for the University of Georgia Counseling and Testing Center and for Georgia State University Counseling Center. Further, Dr. Matthews was the first Director of the Student Success Center at Georgia State University.

Dr. Matthews is active in a number of professional organizations at the national, regional, and local levels and has delivered numerous continuing education programs for counselors, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals. These topics range from ethical practice with diverse populations to professional development needs of university and college counseling staff.

He is a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association and was the inaugural recipient of the Early Career Achievement Award presented by the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services of the American College Personnel Association.
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