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.
The standards developed by members of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are used in our evaluation of trainee progress. The following address standards with regard to diversity and advocacy.
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:
- See Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers at https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English
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:
Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public
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