Required Preparation for

Counseling Across Cultures

Rome: 25-29 July 2018

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Dear CTC Cultures Participants,

We look forward to converging in Rome to explore how cultures impact our work as school counselors!

For 12 years, Jeff worked internationally in South Korea, Hong Kong and Switzerland as a high school counselor. He has returned to the US and is working as a school counselor in a multicultural district near Minneapolis, MN. For the past 12 years, Adam has worked internationally in Thailand and Hong Kong serving as a school counselor. Adam was also a counselor and history teacher in the US for 10 years. We have presented together at the American School Counselor Association national conference, EARCOS conferences, as well as ECIS. We look forward to partnering to provide you with a highly interactive professional development course on Counseling Across Cultures! Our aim is to have rich discussions and practical activities that you can take back to your schools to guide and enhance your work with students and families.

Below is all of the reading materials. We have given you this prior to the course intentionally. If you were to complete these readings before arriving in Rome, you will have greater opportunity and focus on building relationships with your peers, digesting the material presented in class, and contributing to the course discussion and activities. Please read this material this spring, in order to hit the ground running (and to get exploring the rich worlds of cross cultural counseling and positive psychology). We have prepared for you the following   8   Numbered Preparation Assignments.


1. Please locate these items electronically (or in print if easier) to share with your classmates:

  • A copy of your school’s Mission Statement
  • A copy of your school’s profile or demographic information (which shows nationality, languages spoken, etc.)
  • School promotional brochures or past annual school reports

2. Bring an item that reflects your core identity:

  • Pack and bring the item, or print an A4 sized photograph of the item, (note-this is an important opening piece of the course). Our identity is characterized by many factors – mostly deep and strongly held beliefs and values. Our cultural identity emerges from upbringing, experiences, living among other cultures and the ways in which we internalize cultural behaviors.  Please bring an identity item that reveals the deeper layers of who you are.
  • Also bring a picture of your family (or be able to quickly locate one you could share on your computer)

A laptop (required)

  • Your course materials are electronic. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site.  Participants are required to bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability to this course. If you are bringing a school laptop or one you are not familiar with, be sure to have the settings checked and be familiar with any passwords required to access wireless internet and to download software. Click here for more information about iPads and tablets. Chromebook users can use the free Kami extension to annotate.
  • Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC now in order to be able to access your materials properly.


3. Take the following surveys


Print the results (or be able to easily access them online) and bring them with you. This is a FREE assessment. There is an option to purchase a more in depth report for $20. You do NOT have to purchase this, but of course you are welcome to do so.  We will be referring to and actively using this throughout the course.

This is a survey follow up to help us get to know you and the needs of the class.



4. Please read the following articles (attached in PDF):

Reading these articles prior to your arrival will provide a solid foundation for your learning and contributions in the course.

  • "Deep Culture’s Universal Questions” in The Beginner’s Guide to Deep Culture, Shaules, 2009
  • “From Intercultural Knowledge to Intercultural Competence” in Contemporary leadership and intercultural competence: Understanding and utilizing cultural diversity to build successful organizations, Sage Publications, 2009
  • “Cultural Frameworks and Their Importance for Leaders” in Leadership in a Diverse and Multicultural Environment, Connerley & Pedersen, 2005
  • “The Leader Within” from ACSA School Counselor Magazine, Wong, July-August 2013
  • “Reculturing Schools” excerpted from Positive or Negative? By Kent D. Peterson in the Journal of Staff Development vol. 23 no. 3, Summer 2002


5. Participant presentations (Cultural Gems):

We are asking four people to contribute to the warm-up activity of the day-- You would share a lesson plan or activity that you have done with students or parents that pertains to culture. Timeframe is 5 minutes. If you are interested in volunteering email

6. Prepare a Critical Incident:

As part of the course we will be reviewing "critical incidents" together. You have received a "ritical Incident Template" attached to the PDF. Please read and follow the guidelines. This will take about 30 min to prepare. Consider it a “case study” that had a cultural element(s) at play that would be good to discuss with the group. It does not need to be a counseling issue and could be in the broader educational context. Please send your Critical Incident to


7. We would like to hear from you as soon as possible!

When you receive this, please email us back at and answer the following points:

  1. Introduce yourself briefly, e.g. Your current role and predominant cultural groups within your school community and what you hope to get out of the course.
  2. Any questions we can assist you with at this time.
  3. Attach a jpeg photo of yourself. (Simply so we can identify you. We will not share or post it).


8. Optional – Positive Psychology, PERMA Model



    … a short video to prepare for your course.

    JOIN Schoology

    ...your required online portal for everything related to your CTC course.

    Use this access code to join your course group in Schoology.

    Access Code: included in PDF above


    Essential to the success of this course will be:

    • A willingness to share and explore with each other. Sure there are books on counseling. Some people even counsel by the book. But our greatest learning and impact comes from our interactions together.
    • Confidentiality/level of disclosure - Why? We will all need to feel comfortable talking with each other, talking about our experience and will need to trust each other for 'what is said during the course stays in the course.'
    • A positive attitude, but a critical eye. We will present several maps. But as Milton Erickson was famous for saying: 'the Map is not the territory.'  You know your turf. Figure out how and where each map applies.

    We cannot tell you how excited we are about this course. We have worked a combined 21 years overseas and always enjoyed exploring and discovering different cultures and sharing our own. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions: &

    We look forward to seeing you this summer!

    Jeff Steuernagel & Adam Goad