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Crossing Borders: International Research and Teaching Alliances in Counseling Psychology. Co-organizers: Mary Sean O’Halloran, PhD & Catherine Phillips, BA International Counseling Psychology Conference Chicago, IL Chicago Hilton, Room 4A March 7 & 8, 2008. Amanda Beer Geoff Bathje

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Crossing borders international research and teaching alliances in counseling psychology

Crossing Borders: International Research and Teaching Alliances in Counseling Psychology

Co-organizers: Mary Sean O’Halloran, PhD & Catherine Phillips, BA

International Counseling Psychology Conference

Chicago, IL

Chicago Hilton, Room 4A

March 7 & 8, 2008


Participants

Amanda Beer Alliances in Counseling Psychology

Geoff Bathje

Maria Coutinho

Len Jennings

Theresa Kruczek

Yan Li

Erin Logue

Erica Marchand

Kate Margolis

Melissa Morgan

Kerry Murphy

Maigenete Mengesha

Mary Sean O’Halloran

Amy Owen

Chul Park

Catherine Phillips

Laura Ramzy

Donna Schultheiss

Maria Zarlengo

Participants


Crossing borders international alliances in teaching and research alliances major issues
Crossing Borders: International Alliances in Teaching and Research AlliancesMajor Issues

  • Major Issues

    • Awareness: of Self and Others within the cultural context

    • Being Educated about the country and culture you are visiting

    • Creating Connections:key informants, identifying mentors, networking at conferences, joining relevant associations

  • Enhancement in the following areas:

    • Teaching/Learning

    • Research

    • Consultation

    • Graduate Students

    • Technology

    • Living Abroad


Teaching learning abroad
Teaching/Learning Abroad Research Alliances

  • Role of the Professor: Expert or non-expert, Hierarchy within the institution, classroom

  • Role of Students: Levels of Interaction

  • Structure of Courses: Differences in Syllabi, Assignments, Grading Requirements

  • Language and Communication: Using a translator, Formal and idiomatic expressions/slang

  • Considering the Broader Culture:

    • Gender Roles- how your gender effects the way you are viewed by students, administrators.

    • Age and authority

    • What is appropriate/taboo to discuss in the classroom

    • Responsibility of the professor to learn how the history of the country you are teaching in has affected the culture

  • US Students Abroad:

    • Different Expectations, Roles, Respect, Interactions with other students

    • Preparation for interacting with other cultures

    • Travelogue vs. Immersive Experiences


Research
Research Research Alliances

  • Developing relationships with experts/authority figures within a culture

  • Quantitative Research Considerations

    • Assessments: Translation into other languages

    • Cultural Relevance of research topic and assessments

  • Benefits of Qualitative Research

    • Important to use a translator who has been trained in the area of research; however, information can still be lost. This must be addressed in the study.

  • Community / Action Based Research

    • Inclusion of the local community as co-researchers

    • Ensuring that the local community benefits from the research, during and after the project

  • Expectations of the local community for the researcher to be the expert

  • Incentives for the local culture to participate

  • Research in countries that do not utilize traditional Western counseling

  • Different ethical standards in other countries

    • IRB considerations when conducting research abroad

  • Being an ambassador: representing the USA, Counseling Psychology, your institution, etc…

  • Publishing in International journals: advantages and disadvantages

  • Respecting the culture you are conducting research in -- you are a guest of that culture


Consultation
Consultation Research Alliances

  • Developing training programs abroad

    • Using US models abroad

    • Advantages and Disadvantages of adapting US Models

      • Get an understanding of the current situation and then share your knowledge

      • Be clear that this is what you are doing

      • Difficulties receiving critical feedback in some cultures

      • Having a personal relationship with a local can help to get honest feedback

  • Development of ethical codes

    • ACA/APA ethical codes translated and adapted to the culture

  • Benefits for US and the other country that is collaborating

  • Be cautious of who you are collaborating with; check credentials


Graduate students
Graduate Students Research Alliances

  • Utilize online sources that have information about funding, opportunities abroad

  • Join International organizations for students

  • Contact the office of International Study at your school

  • Contact those who are currently conducting research in the area and country you are interested


Technology
Technology Research Alliances

  • Skype: web cam service, can be used for outside practicum, classes, etc

  • Online Language Classes/Tutoring

    • Speakshop.com (Spanish)

  • Be aware of the variability of technological resources in other countries

  • Be careful with adaptors and surge protectors: hard drives can be burned up

    • Backup!


Living abroad
Living Abroad Research Alliances

  • Considerations for the spouse: opportunities to work, volunteer, take courses in cooking, dancing, other cultural opportunities

  • Banking: to open or not open an account, using wire transfers, using an International bank

  • Taxes: do you pay US taxes, pay in the host country,

  • Visas: Have your visa taken care of before you go. Do you need a work visa, an extended traveler visa

  • Awareness about local crime-scams, pickpockets, etc

  • Housing: having realistic expectations for housing abroad

  • Kids: preparing kids for different food, housing,

    • Finding connections for kids in the community

    • Different gender roles for children abroad


Next steps future involvement
Next Steps/Future Involvement Research Alliances

  • Article about the opportunities for graduate students to study abroad

  • Article regarding the practical side of teaching, researching, studying, living abroad

  • Create a listserv or Google Group to keep in touch

  • Development of a graduate courses or practicum abroad program


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