MSA6220EN - Multicultural Foundations of Mental Health

Course description

A multicultural perspective on mental health illness, practice, and services will be covered in this course. Topics on oppression, power and privilege, ethnic identity development, gender roles, and discrimination are presented. These concepts in multicultural mental health and the way they shape a person will be examined.

How this course benefits students

A greater depth of exploration and understanding of diverse cultural communities will be covered. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of cultural factors related to mental health practice and treatment.

Why this course is important

Missional leaders will be given the opportunity to explore mental health issues across many cultures. They will be prepared to interact with individuals from different cultures and assist them with improving their mental health and well-being while being sensitive to their cultural values and beliefs.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Multicultural mental health problems are discussed in God's Word. As Christians, there must be a sense of personal responsibility to all cultures and all people. The connection between mental illness across cultures in the Bible and present mental health cultural issues are covered in this course.

Missionally driven

Missional leaders will be prepared to minister to people with mental illness across many cultures. As missional leaders gain knowledge of multicultural concepts and practices, they will gain the preparation needed to face mental health illness within diverse communities.

Contextually informed

Applied learning methods will be used for this course to help students grasps the effects of culture and mental illness. Students will be able to determine how to assess cultural factors that will lead to the healing process.

Interculturally focused

Factors across diverse cultures that shape mental illness in the community are discussed in this course. The course will cover cultural beliefs, values, and religious systems that may prevent mental health improvement.

Practically minded

The differences among cultures and practical ways to implement mental health services in the community will be covered. Students will explore their own biases and public misconceptions of mental illness across cultures and discuss ways to improve such mindsets.

Experientially transformed

An examination of different cultures within a student's community will be discussed. The approach will allow students to explore cultural and social factors that influence or explain mental illness.