Commitment to Diversity

Counseling as a profession must address the cultural diversity that exists in America. It must also acknowledge the inequities that have existed as a result of ethnocentrism, especially racism, and take measures to address these inequities. One of the standards for program accreditation by the American Psychological Association (1986) reads as follows: "Social and personal diversity of faculty and students is an essential goal if the trainees are to function optimally within our pluralistic society."

The Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services at Ball State University is committed to the training and professional representation of students from diverse cultural and ethnic communities. As a reflection of this commitment, the department has established a Multicultural Programming Committee (MPC), which consists of interested faculty and graduate students. The MPC meets regularly to review issues relevant to providing a multicultural perspective in the training of all students in the program.

We are proud to support a diverse student population, including gay and lesbian students, persons with physical disabilities, and a variety of ethnic and international students from Canada, China, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Japan, Iceland, India, Palestine, South Africa, Taiwan, and Yemen.

Ball State offers a number of campus resources that meet the various needs of students. The Multicultural Center and Rinker Center for International Programs, among other organizations, sponsor the department and offer support mechanisms and direction for professional mentoring in addition to recruitment and retention efforts. The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors a variety of events centered on culturally enriching themes. Students will find that Ball State offers many organizations that will meet their professional, educational, and social needs.

Diversity Courses

In addition to the goal of including a multicultural perspective in all courses, specialized courses provide focused study. These following courses, in addition to electives in the department and other departments, give students the opportunity to explore issues that might be of personal and professional interest to them.

CPSY 470 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Counseling.
CPSY 678 - Theories and Techniques of Counseling the Culturally Diverse.
CPSY 679 - Advanced Theories and Techniques of Counseling the Culturally Diverse.