Working with Diverse Clients and Going Beyond the Therapy Room: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies

Event Type: Workshop

Event Theme: Evidence-based Practice

Speaker: Mr. Jonah Li (Ph.D. student majoring in Counseling Psychology and minoring in Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University)


Date: 3 August 2018 (Friday)

Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Venue: RLB502, Research Complex, HKSYU

Language: Cantonese supplemented with English

Fee per workshop:

Free - SYU staff, students and alumni

$50 - APCPA members

$100 - Non-APCPA members



1) Refreshment will be provided. 

2) Free Admission for SYU staff, students and alumni*


*SYU staff, students and alumni should follow the registration procedures:

1.    Fill in the registration form below;
2.    For alumni, please fill in your SYU student number in the remark box;
3.    On the workshop day(s), present your identity card to the reception staff (for current SYU members: student / staff card; for alumni: any identity card showing your registration name)

Workshop Contents:

Intro: The Five forces in the field of counseling


Part I: The Forth Force: Multicultural Counseling

Warm-up activity: Think-pair-share identity conversation

Why multicultural counseling?

  • The existence of fundamental differences
  • Questions raised from the past forces
  • Current situation of the world
  • Potential problems of lacking multicultural sensitivity
  • The need and strength of multicultural counseling

Multicultural variables and identities

  • List of cultural variables
  • Intersectionalities of cultural identities

Common reaction to perceived differences: Microaggression

  • Categories and real-life examples of microaggression
  • Clinical outcomes about microaggression

Relevant APA ethical principles

Becoming multicultural counseling competent

  • The three core components
  • A proposed multicultural training curriculum

Developing multicultural orientation

  • The three ingredients and relevant clinical outcomes

Research implications and personal examples

  • Acculturation theory
  • Addressing microaggression
  • On becoming multicultural competent


Part II: The Fifth Force: Social Justice counseling

Warm-up activity: Privilege walk

Why social justice counseling?

  • The systemic approach: The flawed system and structure
  • Locus of client problems: External factors
  • The change process: Critical consciousness
  • Ethical considerations
  • Stereotype, prejudice, bias, oppression, privilege

White privilege

What is social justice

  • Process and goals
  • The counselor role and identity    
  • From here to there: Advocacy as a means to reach social justice
  • Case example
  • Merging together: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies
  • Conclusion: On becoming a social justice advocate


About the Presenter

Jonah Li (李寶輝) is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Counseling Psychology and minoring in Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University (IU) in the U.S. Previously, he earned his M.A. at University of Denver (DU) and B.S.S. at Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU). He is an Associate Instructor and taught undergraduate courses including Introduction to Counseling Psychology and Positive Psychology. He won the Outstanding Achievement in Research Award and Counseling Psychology Research and Scholarship Award by DU. Clinically, he is interested in positive psychological interventions and positive therapies, including Strength-Centered Therapy. His research interests mainly fall into positive psychology and international populations. In terms of his leadership, he served as the Student Representative to the executive board of directors at Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists-International and a Cultural Competence Consultant in Stone Belt Arc, Inc. in Bloomington, Indiana in Spring 2018. Institutionally, he is the Co-President of Counseling Psychology Student Organization at IU. On the state level, he serves as the Student Representative to the executive board of directors at Indiana Psychological Association. Nationally, he is the Student Representative of Division 17 at American Psychological Association and Other Awards Committee, and internationally, he works as the Professional Development Subcommittee of International Mentoring and Orientation Committee, Division 17 at American Psychological Association.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, Please feel free to contact: