One day when I was a student in graduate school, the professor asked the
class to discuss whether there was enough culture and race in our counseling
psychology curriculum. To my surprise, several classmates claimed
that since we had a cross-racial counseling course, there was sufficient
attention given to these issues. I countered that, other than the minorities,
few students took this course, and voiced my feeling that issues of
culture and race needed to be integrated into every class.
As a long-standing advocate for understanding issues of cultural and ethnic
diversity, I have served as President of APA Division 45, Society for the
Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and currently chair the
American Psychological Association’s Commission for the Recruitment,
Retention and Training of Ethnic Minorities implementation task force
(CEMRRAT2). Both of these organizations were instrumental in the approval
of the APA Multicultural Guidelines for Practice and the promotion of empirical
research addressing mental health issues of ethnic minority clinical populations.
Globalization is such a contested term. Not only it has been considered a cliché of our
times, but at the same time it has been criticized for its lack of a precise definition. Still
it holds such an appealing and powerful voice. By the sole mention of the concept it
was able to attract the research efforts of leading specialists throughout the world,
each one of them making a contribution to the academic debate.
As discussed in the Introduction to Volume One, Jennifer Simon, who was at Wiley
at the time, was instrumental in convincing me to edit the two-volume reference
Handbook on Racial-Cultural Psychology and Counseling. I agreed to take the project
through her persistence and encouragement. She prompted me to think about
what type of material would help advance the field and at the same time build on existing
research and scholarship. It was also her belief that conceptual and research
issues combined into one volume with training and practice would not be practical.
Shifting demographics, rapidly evolving technology, and generational and multicultural issues in
the workplace are demanding new leadership styles and management skills. In FY 2013, CPB
will support professional development in diversity, leadership, content creation and station
This chapter include objectives: Apply an awareness of the dimensions of diversity and multicultural issues in your everyday life, encourage and support diversity to meet organizational needs, consider the role of cultural values and attitudes in determining how to deal with employees from different cultures or ethnic backgrounds,...
The importance of psychology and health, multiculturalism,
and a focus on strengths and positive psychology are
the dynamic issues of psychology in this new millennium.
These central issues in psychological research and practice
today form the backbone of the Handbook of Girls’ and
Women’s Psychological Health. To encounter all three integrated
into a handbook on women and girls is like fantasizing
a feast and having it appear on your table.