Our training site is strongly aligned with and steeped in a commitment to diversity awareness, multicultural competence, and social justice that has grown out of the fields of counseling and psychology programs. We believe that this training is vital to all parts of counselor development and competence. It is incorporated into all areas of supervision, training seminars, evaluations, and professional activities.
A trainee’s willingness to explore biases and engage in growth while serving a diverse public is an important step in the successful completion of training for any student here. National organizations in the mental health field have made ethical statements (often reflected in their ethics code) regarding the importance of working with a diverse public.
The competencies developed by members of the American Psychological Association are used in our evaluation of trainee progress. The following address competencies with regard to individual and cultural differences.
- Independently articulates, understands, and monitors multiple cultural identities in interactions with others
- Regularly uses knowledge of the role of culture in interactions to monitor and improve effectiveness as a professional
- Critically evaluates feedback and initiates consultation or supervision when uncertain about diversity issues with others
- Articulates an integrative conceptualization of diversity as it impacts clients, self and others (e.g., organizations, colleagues, systems of care)
- Habitually adapts one’s professional behavior in a culturally sensitive manner, as appropriate to the needs of the client, that improves client outcomes and avoids harm
- Articulates and uses alternative and culturally appropriate repertoire of skills and techniques and behaviors
- Seeks consultation regarding addressing individual and cultural diversity as needed
- Uses culturally relevant best practices
- Demonstrates integration of diversity and multiple identity aspects in conceptualization of supervision process with all participants (client(s), supervisee, supervisor)
- Demonstrates adaptation of own professional behavior in a culturally sensitive manner as appropriate to the needs of the supervision context and all parties in it
- Articulates and uses diversity appropriate repertoire of skills and techniques in supervisory process
- Identifies impact of aspects of self in therapy and supervision
The American Counseling Association (ACA) make the following statements, in addition to others, in their ethics code.
- See the ACA Code of Ethics at https://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf
The National Association of Social Works (NASW) make the following statements, in addition to others, in their ethics code:
(b) Social workers should have a knowledge base of their clients’ cultures and be able to demonstrate competence in the provision of services that are sensitive to clients’ cultures and to differences among people and cultural groups.
(c) Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.
- See Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers at http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp
The American Psychological Association (APA) makes the following statement in their ethics code.
- See APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct at http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/
The APA also makes the following statement on its website:
Training Values Diversity Statement
Several training agencies – the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), and the Society for Counseling Psychology (SCP) created a statement to address diversity training.Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity