Development and implementation of a diversity training sequence in a clinical psychology doctoral program


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Our multicultural curriculum was developed to address in-program goals: to allow students more opportunity to consider multiculturalism, to help augment students’ confidence in their diversityrelated skills, and to help increase withinprogram dialogue about diversity. On all of these measures, we believe our burgeoning diversity training sequence has been successful. Self- and program-evaluation ratings from current and former students reveal that over the past several years, our students report increased satisfaction with their multiculturalism training (although satisfaction is not sufficient given that it does not necessarily index learning and growth). We have seen two other informal signals that our emphasis on multicultural training may have paid dividends as well. One of these is the richness and quality of students’ internship application essays regarding multiculturalism, and the second is our students’ desire to help plan and host our Diversifying Clinical Psychology weekend event for emerging racial/ethnic minority scholars who wish to enter doctoral clinical psychology programs.

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