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AMCD: Career Counseling and Wellness Issues for Asian Americans

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Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and AAPI Presents:

Career Counseling and Wellness Issues for Asian Americans

This webinar is also co-sponsored by AAPI

On March 12th 2019 from 2:00 – 3:30pm EST

Dr. Monica P. Band, Ed.D., CRC, NCC

Christian D. Chan, PhD, NCC

Monica P. Band, Ed.D., CRC, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Marymount University, Virginia Counselors Association President, Member of the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Presidential Task Force: Cultural Encounters, Member of the Association for Adult Development and Aging Emerging Adult Task Force, and Member of the ACA’s Branch Development Committee. Her general research interests include multicultural counseling and pedagogy, career development, Asian American issues, multicultural identity development, application of clinical practice working with biracial/ethnic and multiracial/ethnic populations. Her professional experiences include: residential counseling services, rehabilitation state agency services, community outpatient settings, crisis response services, and, most recent, individual/couples counseling in a private practice setting. She is the recipient of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development’s 2018 Exemplarity Diversity Leadership Award as well as the 2018 Humanitarian and Caring Person of the Year Award by the Prince William County Regional Counselors Association. She continues to contribute to the profession through service, leadership, and contributing to peer-reviewed publications and referred personations at the international, national, regional, and state levels. She is a co-host of the CounselorAudioSource 2.0 Podcast on the PodTalk Network.

Dr. Christian D. Chan, PhD, NCC is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Idaho State University, Member-at-Large, Outreach and Advocacy for the Association for Adult Development and Aging, Co-Chair of the American Counseling Association Branch Development Committee, and Co-Chair of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Strategic Planning Committee. His interests revolve around intersectionality; multiculturalism in counseling, supervision, and counselor education; social justice; career development; critical research methods; acculturative stress; intergenerational conflict; and cultural factors in identity development and socialization. His prior professional experiences include case management with foster care adolescents, career development, higher education administration, and individual, couples, parent-child, group, and family counseling services. In addition to serving as a recent recipient of the ACA Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award and ACA Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award, he actively contributes to peer-reviewed publications in journals, books, and edited volumes and over 90 refereed presentations at the national, regional, and state levels.

Session Summary:

Occupational segregation is evident in the unbalanced occupational distribution of Asian Americans in the workforce (Leong & Chou, 1994). According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2010), Asian Americans continue to be overrepresented in science and technology fields (e.g., computer engineering, chemistry, and materials science) and underrepresented in social service and human service professions. This disproportionate distribution reinforces a misconception of Asian Americans (Tang, Fouad & Smith, 1998). In addition, parental pressure has a statistically significant association with more culturally valued college majors and career choices among Asian American college students. Asian American parents’ biases towards math and science careers predicted their children’s preferences towards the same careers (Roysircar et al., 2010). Furthermore, Asian American parents tend to value and encourage their children to pursue prestigious and secure occupations. Occupational stereotypes develop due to occupational segregation towards culturally valued careers (Leung et al., 2004). These stereotypes may lead practitioners to believe Asian Americans are adept in culturally valued careers (e.g., physical, biological, and medical sciences) and less capable in non-culturally valued careers (i.e., careers involving verbal, persuasive, and social skills). Additionally, stereotypes create several barriers to explore non-stereotypical vocations and prevent stereotype internalization, especially for Asian Americans. In career development, as Leong (1993) discussed, Asian Americans may not choose a career based on their own interests or intentions but on the whole family’s mission.

The primary purpose of this presentation is to critically examine present treatment and current issues related to the use of family systems approach and intersectionality framework as it applies to career identities of Asian Americans. Furthermore, practical tools and recommendations for application of theory will be provided in working with Asian American clients in general. Presenters will discuss their positionality as practitioners and Counselor Educators as it relates to the therapeutic process when working with Asian American clients.


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Desa Karye Daniel, M.A., LMHC (NM), NCC

AMCD Professional Development Committee


University of New Mexico

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