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ERIC Number: ED407614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Multicultural Training in Psychology: New Challenges for Institutions, Instructors and Students.
Jackson, Leslie; And Others
A growing body of creative curricular materials, intended to guide and support the multicultural training of psychologists, has been developed. To enhance these materials, a preliminary evaluation of a multicultural program was conducted in an attempt to understand how students develop into culturally competent clinicians, particularly in terms of acquiring requisite awareness, knowledge, and skills. What this preliminary evaluation has highlighted is the need for assessment tools to accurately evaluate minimum and advanced competency levels in students, and the components thereof (e.g., awareness vs. skills). Demographically the participants, as predicted, constituted a well-educated, urban, and ethnically diverse group with initially moderate levels of awareness and knowledge of multicultural issues upon entering the program. A total of 70 first year students were asked to complete a "Survey of Psychology Training" during new student orientation in the Fall of 1992. A total of 40 of the original students participated in the post-test phase of this evaluation. The data also confirmed the second hypothesis that there were no differences between groups of students independent of subspecialty interest. These students were motivated to develop those multicultural skills necessary to work in communities that present special challenges to the traditional model of service delivery. Survey results indicate that institutions do seem to be increasing students' awareness, knowledge, and skills in multicultural issues. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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