Six multicultural guidelines

  

In our text, Dr. Comas-Diaz identifies the six multicultural guidelines laid out by the APA. After viewing Dr. Beam’s work with his client and Dr. Robert Jay Green’s work with his clients provide examples of how these two therapists demonstrated cultural competence as it relates to guidelines one, two, and five. The six specific multicultural guidelines follow here. Commitment to Cultural Awareness and Knowledge of Self and Others 1.Psychologists are encouraged to recognize that, as cultural beings, they may hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence their perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are ethnically and racially different from themselves. 2.Psychologists are encouraged to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity and responsiveness, knowledge, and understanding about ethnically and racially different individuals. Education 3.As educators, psychologists are encouraged to employ the constructs of multiculturalism and diversity in psychological education. Research 4.Culturally sensitive psychological researchers are encouraged to recognize the importance of conducting culture-centered and ethical psychological research among persons from ethnic, linguistic, and racial minority backgrounds. Practice 5.Psychologists strive to apply culturally appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices. Organizational Change and Policy Development 6.Psychologists are encouraged to use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational (policy) development and practices.

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