Multicultural Education and Training Opportunities

Diversity Statement
The Counseling Center is sensitive to and committed to the value of diversity and the richness of human differences. Our service and training mission requires that people of all backgrounds be able to use the Center's resources with the expectation of respectful, non-prejudicial treatment and service. In particular, the center recognizes that stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic class and differing abilities have affected counseling, training and programming practices in the mental health field. Thus, the center's policies and procedures, as well as its activities, associations, and interactions with the campus community, reflect and promote the dignity and worth of the individual and the value and strength of diversity in the community. As a Center staff we are committed to addressing issues of prejudice, discrimination and oppression and the impact of those issues on the lives of the people we serve and train.

The Counseling Center has a well deserved reputation on the campus for it commitment and activity in the area of diversity. The center has been active in reaching out to diverse communities on campus in an effort to make the center a recognized safe and responsive organization.

The Multicultural/Diversity Team has worked closely over the years with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and with the student organizations representing racial/ethnic groups on the campus. The center itself as well as many staff and interns over the years have received a number of the highest awards for their work from the students in the office of multicultural affairs. They have also served on committees and projects serving to make the campus more responsive to people of color. In addition staff and trainees have worked together to try and educate the majority white population on campus about diversity, prejudice and privilege. They further work with residence life and other areas of student affairs and academic affairs in training and exploration of diversity issues. A staff member is also on the advisory board of the Diversity Policies Institute. Furthermore, some staff have served in significant positions in national organizations dealing with diversity in counseling centers and have presented nationally and regionally on multicultural work within the center and on campus.

Staff have also been active and involved with the glbt community and with the student organization (SPECTRUM) representing GLBT students. Staff have been instrumental in building cooperative programming as well as in leadership development, obtaining grant support and producing media on GLBT issues and on panel presentation processes. In addition, staff have presented nationally and regionally on their work with GLBT students and on work with the wider campus community. Staff also worked to have sexual orientation made a part of the affirmative action policy of the university. Staff were instrumental in establishing the first faculty/staff GLBT group on campus.

Staff also has strong ties to the women's community and were involved in the establishment of a women's health center and have served on the governance committee of the women's studies program as well as offering opportunities for trainees to learn about feminist approaches to therapy. Staff offer training in trauma, sexual abuse, sexual assault, eating disorders, gender issues and other issues that primarily affect women. Many staff are considered experts in these areas and are called on by the campus and the community for their expertise.

It is essential to know that interns and other trainees as well as leaders of various campus constituencies have been involved in all this work. The center and its staff value the collaborative relationships we have built with offices, organizations, students, faculty, professional staff and support staff. Interns at our counseling center are offered the opportunity to take leadership roles in the offering of these services. Our commitment to diversity involves providing mentoring to trainees of color, GLBT trainees, international trainees, trainees with disabilities and women. We are also responsive to men's issues and working with men and have begun to integrate training in men's issues over the last few years. All our trainees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability receive support, encouragement, training and challenge in incorporating an understanding of diversity and oppression in their conceptualization and work with those we serve.

Interns wishing to specialize in diversity as a part of the internship program have a variety of options. Interns can specialize in multicultural issues with a focus on GLBT issues, on racial/ethnic issues generally or on working with a specific racial/ethnic community. Interns may also specialize in women's issues generally or specifically in the area of eating disorders or survivors of trauma (sexual abuse, PTSD). Specializations are required of all interns and involve individual client work, group work and extensive outreach and consultation.

Interns having other kinds of specialities may also do perceptorships in a wide variety of areas and work with the multicultural/diversity programming team. Perceptorships are not as extensive as specialties but offer interns the opportunity to extend their knowledge and practice in specific areas. Perceptorships are arranged through interns contracting with specific atff members for a particular training experience. Interns have done reading perceptorships as well as practice perceptorships.

While all interns receive specific seminar training in men's and women's issues, multicultural issues, GLBT issues as well as issues of disability, social class issues and spiritual/religious issues and multicultural issues are integrated into other aspects of training, interns may do specializations as well.

Specializations offerred: