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Intercultural Youth and Family Development

Rita Sommers-Flanagan (Professor of Counselor Education), Director

Housed in the Department of Counselor Education, this interdisciplinary master's degree program is designed for students who wish to engage in culturally-relevant volunteer work or paid employment in the realm of child and family assistance. It is affiliated with the United States Peace Corps as a partner school for their master's international program. Requirements include one year of full-time instruction at UM, a significant period of time engaging in internship work in an applied intercultural setting, and a final professional paper or thesis. Internships will typically be 1-2 years and will involve work in a culture other than one's own. Students participating in this program are expected to gain the following background and competencies:

  • important interculturally-informed helping skills for working with youth, women, families and communities in culture other than their own
  • a solid background in issues, concerns, and critiques regarding assistance and interventions across culture, both historically and currently
  • opportunity to pursue and participate in a significant field experience, working with an established helping agency in another culture or country.


R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.

Intercultural Youth and Family Development (IYFD) - Course Descriptions

495, 501, 502, 510, 520, 595, 596, 598, 599, 695, 698, 699


Lindsey Nichols, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

John Sommers-Flanagan, PH.D., THe University of Montana, 1986

Catherine Jenni, Ph.D., Saybrook Institute

Otto Koester, M.A., The University of Wisconsin, 1974

Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D., The University of Montana, 1989

Kirsten Murray, Ph.D., Idaho State University, 2007

Registrar's Office

Lommasson Center 201

Phone: (406) 243-2995

Fax: (406) 243-4807