College of Education Practitioners’ Workshop Addresses Challenges, Strategies of Counseling Diverse Clients

A conference workshop hosted by the University of Houston College of Education addresses the ethics of multicultural counseling for practitioners charged with helping diverse populations.  “Multicultural Competence & Ethics in a Changing World” aims to help professional counselors reduce or eliminate the challenges that come with counseling diverse clients. 

The event is planned from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 21 in the Conrad Hilton Ballroom of the Hilton University of Houston Hotel.  The event is open to the public.  The cost is $100 a person and $25 for students.  A reception follows the workshop from 5 to 7 p.m.

The workshop will include case vignettes and discussion on the importance of being fluent in strategies to help diverse populations that may include immigrant and international groups. 

Dr. Melba Vasquez will facilitate the conference workshop.  An independent psychologist in Austin, Vasquez also is the first Latina to be elected to the American Psychological Association (APA) in its 120-year history.  She has published more than 70 journal articles, chapters and books on issues related to ethics, ethnic minority psychology, psychology of women and psychotherapy.  Vasquez also is co-founder of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit.  

All proceeds benefit the Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment Fund.  Cubberly was a UH professor who was among those who founded the current counseling psychology program.  He also served as president of the Houston and Texas Psychological Associations, and served in leadership roles for local and state professional associations. The Dr. Walter E. Cubberly Fellowship Endowment was established by university colleagues, current and former students, friends and clients to honor his contributions to UH and the profession.

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WHAT:  Multicultural Competence & Ethics in a Changing World

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21

              Workshop: 2 to 5 p.m.

              Reception: 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Hilton University of Houston Hotel, Conrad Hilton Ballroom

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