Multicultural Competency Paper
PSYCH/535 Multicultural Psychology
University of Phoenix
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Perez
Student: Lisa Spraggans
Monday, November 1, 2010
In this paper, I will derive my information from the Web site Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 45 from the American Psychological Association (APA) located at www.apa.org/divisions/div45. I will assess the publication Guidelines for Multicultural Proficiency for Psychologists. I will answer the following questions as it has to do with Guidelines #1 and #2.
1. What biases, perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs might you hold
about culturally different groups?
2. How might attitudes or perceptions influence your interaction
with individuals who are culturally different from yourself?
3. How knowledgeable are you about the values, practices, and
experiences of individuals who are culturally different from
yourself? Explain your answer.
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses in interacting with
culturally different individuals, and how might you address
In the publication Guidelines for Multicultural Proficiency for Psychologists, it is for the purpose for psychologist to “reflect knowledge and skills needed for the profession in the midst of dramatic historic sociopolitical changes in U.S. society, as well as needs of new constituencies, markets, and clients” (American Psychological Associates, Inc. (2003). The Guidelines for Multicultural Proficiency for Psychologists has explicit goals that provide psychologist with
a) the rationale and needs for addressing multiculturalism and diversity in
education, training, research, practice, and organizational change
b) basic information, relevant terminology, current empirical research from...