Ethics Acculturation of International Counseling Students




acculturation, counseling ethics, ethics education, international students


Counseling ethics is a complex discipline; it is more than the acquisition of ethical principles, codes of ethics, and standards of practice. To disentangle the intricacies of ethics education, we use the acculturation model to conceptualize students’ learning of counseling ethics, particularly international students who experience acculturation in the general sense and the acculturation of ethics in the counseling profession specifically. A case study is presented to illustrate the four acculturation strategies that students may adopt in ethical decision-making. Implications for counselor education, practice, and research are provided.

Author Biographies

Dan Li, University of North Texas, USA

DAN LI, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas. Her major research interests lie in the area of international counseling students and faculty, clinical supervision, and online or remote teaching and learning.

Yang Ai, University of Redlands, USA

YANG AI, M.Ed., M.A., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services at the University of Redlands, California. His main research interests lie in the area of counselor education and supervision, career counseling and development, and school counseling


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How to Cite

Li, D., & Ai, Y. (2020). Ethics Acculturation of International Counseling Students. Journal of International Students, 10(4), 1103–1109.



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