Commitment to Individual and Cultural Diversity Competency Training


Our training program is strongly aligned with and steeped in a commitment to individual and cultural diversity competency training 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 code and accreditation standards that reflect the importance of working with a diverse public. The state of Florida’s Laws and Rules governing eligibility for licensure require adherence to the accreditation standards and code of ethics listed below.

Accreditation Standards

CACREP Standards

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards  ( include  regulations regarding diversity and advocacy training.

Section 1, The Learning Environment
Section 2, Professional Counseling Identity
Section 3, Professional Practice
Section 6, Doctoral Standards for Counselor Education and Supervision

APA Standards

The American Psychological Association (APA) Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology  ( include specific regulations regarding individual and cultural diversity (ICD) training.

Standard I.B.3. – Administrative Responsibilities Related to Cultural and Individual Differences and Diversity
Standard I.D.1. – Program Climate
Standard II.A – Required Profession-Wide Competencies
Standard III.A.2. – Recruitment of Interns Who Are Diverse
Standard IV.B. – Faculty/Staff Diversity
Standard V.A.c. – Public Disclosure

APA Competency Benchmarks

Code of Ethics

The American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics includes, but is not limited to, the following statements:

The National Association of Social Works (NASW) Code of Ethics includes, but is not limited to, the following statements:

The American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following statements:

Training Councils 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