Sociocultural autobiography | Diversity Issues in Counseling

Write an autobiographical account of your social and psychological development concerning your understanding of each of the social identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality, religion/spirituality, nationality, and mental and/or physical ability status)

  • Thorough self-reflection (30%): Reflects and writes about each of the social identities outlined in the assignment and considers socialization and experiences in depth.
  • Risk taking (20%): Takes risks to expose vulnerabilities in writing and shares genuine experiences, reactions, and limitations, particularly pertaining to biases and assumptions. 
  • Complex thinking (20%): Integrates course theories and research with personal development. Considers intersectionality and/or ecological influences across social identities (e.g., experience as a White first generation woman and how that differs from others such as White first generation man, impact of laws or policies on personal development, etc.).  Considers implications of power, privilege, and oppression on own identity and experiences. 
  • Motivation for growth (20%): Gave careful consideration of areas for improvement and provided thoughtful proposal on ways to enhance cultural competencies as a mental health professional.
  • Communication (10%):  You can write a paper or record your response:

Sociocultural Autobiography

 write a critical reflection of your sociocultural development in on each of the social identities we cover in class (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, ability status).  This includes 1) the development of your own social identities, 2) beliefs, attitudes and behaviors toward other social identities in this category, and 3) areas for growth pertaining to each of the social identities.  Consider and explicitly connect how your identity development relates to theories and research presented in the course. 

Sociocultural Autobiography 2021
Sociocultural Autobiography 2021CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSelf ReflectionReflects and writes about each of the social identities outlined in the assignment and considers socialization and experiences in depth.

4 ptsExceeds Expectations

3 ptsMeets Expectations

2 ptsNeeds Improvement

1 ptsInadequate

0 ptsMissing
4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRisk TakingTakes risks to expose vulnerabilities in writing and shares genuine experiences, reactions, and limitations, particularly pertaining to biases and assumptions.

4 ptsExceeds Expectations

3 ptsMeets Expectations

2 ptsNeeds Improvement

1 ptsInadequate

0 ptsMissing
4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeComplex Thinkingntegrates course theories and research with personal development. Considers intersectionality and/or ecological influences across social identities (e.g., experience as a White first generation woman and how that differs from others such as White first generation man, impact of laws or policies on personal development, etc.). Considers implications of power, privilege, and oppression on own identity and experiences.

4 ptsExceeds Expectations

3 ptsMeets Expectations

2 ptsNeeds Improvement

1 ptsInadequate

0 ptsMissing
4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMotivation for GrowthGave careful consideration of areas for improvement and provided thoughtful proposal on ways to enhance cultural competencies as a mental health professional.

4 ptsExceeds Expectations

3 ptsMeets Expectations

2 ptsNeeds Improvement

1 ptsInadequate

0 ptsMissing
4 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCommunicationIf written: Writing is organized, uses topic sentences, introduction and conclusion, and APA 7th edition. Papers should be approximately 8-10 pages.
If video recorded: answering all the questions and linking to course. Recordings should be approximately 25-30 minutes.

4 ptsExceeds Expectations

3 ptsMeets Expectations

2 ptsNeeds Improvement

1 ptsInadequate

0 ptsMissing
4 pts
Total Points: 20

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  • If written: Writing is organized, uses topic sentences, introduction and conclusion, and APA 7th edition.  Papers should be approximately 8-10 pages.
  • If video recorded: answering all the questions and linking to course. Recordings should be approximately 25-30 minutes.

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