Creating Fictional Clients for Diversity-Related Theoretical Case Conceptualization

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Spring 2014


Counselor educa-tion programs ac-credited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2009) must attend to diver-sity at various program, core, and track objectives according to ethical stand-ards outlined by the American Counsel-ing Association (ACA, 2005). To meet this ethical and professional require-ment, multicultural training must occur at various levels of the program to en-sure that appropriate awareness, knowledge, and skills are achieved (Pedersen, 2000). One way to meet these standards is to incorporate a modified version of Hays’ (2007) ADDRESSING model in a core theories course. Through fictional client creation that can be conducted in an individual or collaborative manner, students learn to apply theoretical case conceptualization according to specific components of diversity for each client. This experiential method can be pre-sented in a way that mimics a collabora-tive game facilitating learning that is fun as well as informative (Kim & Lyons, 2003).


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Originally published as:

McGinnis, C.Z.A. (Spring 2014) Creating fictional clients for diversity-related theoretical case conceptualization. SACES Newsletter.