Dr. Syntia S. Dietz, core faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Applied Psychology has co-authored her first publication since becoming part of AUNE. Formerly at East Carolina University, Syntia joined the CMHC faculty in July, 2019.
Faculty led-study abroad programs promote cultural competence and professional and personal development for students. However, students from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups do not participate in these experiences at the same rate as students from majority cultures. Counselor educators must seek ways to recruit diverse populations to promote equity in and access to international education experiences. Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) provides a guiding framework for counselor educators to diversify study abroad programs while also attending to cultural and power dynamics.
Please see Dr. Dietz’s work from Teaching and Supervision in Counseling; The official journal of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision: Relational Cultural Theory: A Guiding Framework for Study Abroad Experiences here https://doi.org/10.7290/tsc010208
Additionally, Dr. Dietz participated in a panel discussion webinar in September for the IRCEP entitled “What you need to know before planning a study abroad”, which focused on the opportunities and challenges related to multiculturalism and student supervision.