Teaching and Supervision in Counseling
Author ORCID Identifier
Claudia G. Interiano-Shiverdecker https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5487-6724
Derek L. Robertson https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0111-1496
Sofia Santillan https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6873-1203
Scholars have recently called for a greater research focus on bilingual counselor education and training. This study aims to explore the impact and development of study abroad immersion experiences on Latine bilingual counseling students. This study used transcendental phenomenological research to explore the lived experiences of bilingual counselors (N = 7) during a two-week study abroad program in Oaxaca. Participants comprised master’s and doctoral level students at a CACREP-accredited program who identified as Latine, Spanish-speakers. Through individual interviews, we discovered three themes from the data: (a) personal and professional connection to the study abroad program, (b) developing cultural competence through introspection, self-awareness, and humility, and (c) increasing professional Spanish while embracing nuances. Latine, Spanish-speaking reported growth in their linguistic abilities, self-understanding, and knowledge of Latine cultures. We discuss implications for counselor education study abroad pedagogy and research, as well as how study abroad can promote competence for bilingual counselors.
Public Significance Statement
Researchers in counselor education found that study abroad programs can increase clinical effectiveness in students by promoting empathy for those who are culturally different while creating awareness about the importance of contextual factors in multicultural counseling. This study is the first to examine the impact of a study abroad with Latine bilingual counselors. Our study abroad program is part of the Bilingual Counseling Certificate, one of four certificates housed within a CACREP-accredited master's program.
Interiano-Shiverdecker, Claudia G.; Robertson, Derek; Santillan, Sofia; and Stumpf, Mica
"Bilingual Counseling Students Developing Cultural and Language Competence in Mexico,"
Teaching and Supervision in Counseling: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: https://trace.tennessee.edu/tsc/vol5/iss1/7
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education Commons, Counselor Education Commons