Internationalized Intersectional Experiential Learning Environments That Go Beyond U.S. Contexts: Malaysia as a Case Example

Ashley Branson, Betty Cardona, Kok Mun Ng, Thomas Killian

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Despite significant growth and development of the counseling profession, there continues to be less emphasis placed upon systemically oriented training and counseling approaches that consider international contexts. Experts have identified a need to tailor culturally congruent couples and family-based approaches to specific international sociocultural contexts, and therefore couples, marriage, and family counselors in training (CMFC-ITs) need to be better prepared to collaborate with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Intersectional experiential learning environments are suggested as a means to encourage students to consider how they might approach couples and family counseling in diverse international contexts. Experiential learning environments have the potential to promote knowledge, cross-cultural awareness, and skill acquisition for CMFC-Its, while simultaneously advancing dialogue regarding the training and practice of systems-based international counseling approaches through collaboration with international experts, local practitioners, educators, and cultural insiders. A case example of an intersectional experiential learning environment is provided to assist counselor educators in tailoring and coconstructing experiential learning environments appropriate to their contextual circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalFamily Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • counseling
  • couples
  • family
  • internationalization
  • supervision
  • systemic
  • training


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