Diversity Training Committee
The Clinical Psychology program is strongly committed to issues of diversity. In 1998, the Diversity Training Committee was established as a joint faculty-student effort to facilitate training in diversity issues and to evaluate our diversity training.
In 2002, the Diversity Training Committee adopted the following mission statement: “The mission of the Diversity Training Committee is to foster an atmosphere that promotes open dialogue about cultural issues and to develop the Clinical Psychology program into an exemplary model for producing culturally competent practitioners and researchers.”
We recognize there are many aspects of diversity, including differences among dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, cultural, language, socioeconomic status, age, geography, national original, and physical ability. We recognize that any given individual may identify along more than one of these dimension.
Our major goals and specific tasks directed to accomplishing these goals:
- Draw attention to the ways in which we, as researchers, clinicians, and teachers, can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity into our multiple professional roles
- Hold seminars aimed at the development of case conceptualization skills for working with a diverse clientele
- Include a focus on diversity in professional development seminars
- Organize activities to increase awareness of issues associated with dimensions of our own multicultural identities in relation to our work
- Promote diversity among faculty and students of our department
- Recruit minority member faculty and students
- Host activities geared toward minority individuals as a part of the applicant interview weekend
- Encourage integration of diversity training throughout our curriculum
- Have faculty who serve on the committee take part in the decision-making about curriculum planning at faculty meetings, with diversity training goals in mind
- Periodically assess the extent to which students and faculty feel that we are meeting our diversity training goals
- Support faculty who offer training opportunities related to our goals
- Promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity
- Host film and discussions on diversity topics
- Inform students and faculty via listservs of special events and diversity training opportunities
The Diversity Training Committee is open to any and all feedback about ways we can best serve the Department in accordance with our goals. Ideas for training, speakers, events, and other opportunities may be sent to any member of the committee and will be discussed at our next committee member.
Diversity Training in Clinical Psychology
We offer discrete experiences for our students in diversity training throughout the Clinical Psychology program. We work within a diversity training model to build awareness, knowledge, and skills related to multiculturalism.
- Multiculturalism Orientation
- 1st year
- An interactive workshop to orient students to the many layers of diversity and to increase awareness to perspectives and biases. This workshop also provides students with an overview of diversity training, opportunities for personal growth, and program support for students as they work towards multicultural competence.
- Cultural Genogram
- 1st year
- A workshop for students to better understand their own cultural identities and family history, with the aim of increasing insight and appreciation of how culture may impact them as clinicians and its influences on the lives of their clients.
- Diversity Journal Club
- All years
- A program-wide lunch seminar that meets four times a year to discuss topics related to diversity. The format varies, but aims to be interactive through discussion and practice of skills.
- Cultural Plunge
- 2nd year
- An experiential activity for students to engage in an unfamiliar experience that represents a significantly different culture (e.g. via religion, race, socioeconomic, physical ability status).
- Multiculturalism Course
- 3rd or 4th year
- Our Multiculturalism in Clinical Psychology course applies the three components of multicultural training (awareness, knowledge, and skills) to major areas of clinical psychology.
- Supervision Course
- 4th year
- Multiculturalism Case Conference
- 4th or 5th year
- Students present clinical cases where diversity played an important role, followed by a discussion among students, faculty, and supervisors. Case presentations are intended to provide students with an increased exposure to clinical situations where diversity was salient to the case conceptualization and to provoke discussions of clinical skills and considerations important in demonstrating multicultural competence in clinical work.
- Cultural Plunge as Facilitator
- 4th year
- As facilitators, students practice facilitating discussions about diversity using a multiculturally-sensitive approach to create a safe environment for students to explore their values and perspectives.
Many other courses in our Clinical Psychology doctoral program incorporate attention to diversity (e.g. courses on assessment and evidence-based treatments) and we attempt to integrate a focus on diversity into all aspects of training. In addition, there are other events and activities available to all students, regardless of year in the program, including our weekly lunch seminar with topics including psychotherapy with LGBT clients, clinical work with the hearing impaired, research with interracial couples, consulting with rural populations, and understanding the experiences of transgendered individuals.