General Multicultural Specialization (Can Include Specific Focus)



  • Objective 1: The intern will have a broad and in-depth knowledge of the literature and research concerning multicultural issues, counseling and the development of identity generally and specifically for one non-majority culturally different population.
  • Objective 2: The intern will have an in-depth knowledge of the literature and research on the impact of oppression and majority privilege.
  • Objective 3: The intern will develop and deepen skills in counseling culturally different clients and receive additional supervision for his/her work.
  • Objective 4: The intern will develop and deepen skills in developing and providing group counseling experiences to a culturally different population.
  • Objective 5: The intern will competently deliver outreach and consultation services to a culturally different community and to the majority community relevant to multicultural issues and prejudice reduction. The intern will serve on the Multicultural/Diversity Outreach Team.
  • Objective 6: The intern will work with staff doing the multicultural training for masters interns in the center and will gradually move into a position of leadership in that training.
  • Objective 7: The intern will establish liaisons with offices on campus serving multicultural students and work with those offices in developing programming.
  • Objective 9: The intern will gradually assume a leadership role in his/her work with multicultural issues.
  • Objective 10: The intern will be sensitive to and responsive to diversity (including religious) issues affecting the multicultural community and individuals with which the intern works.
  • Objective 11: The intern will develop creative programming or projects in this area.
  • Objective 12: The intern will provide supervision to a non-majority culturally different masters intern, when possible.
  • Objective 14: The intern will be knowledgeable about ethical and dual roles issues and integrate this knowledge into professional work in this area
  • Objective 15: The intern will be aware of the impact of work in this specialization on the intern's own feelings, biases and development and be able to discuss these issues openly with supervisor(s).
  • Objective 16: The intern will be supervised by a culturally different, non-majority supervisor, when possible.
  • Objective 17: One of the intern's clinical case presentations will be with a culturally different client.
  • Objective 18: Staff and Supervisors working with the intern in this area will be role models and mentors, supporting, encouraging and challenging the intern's development and helping the intern become a developing expert and also assisting the intern in integrating into the profession of psychology.
  • Objective 19: The intern will develop a creative project and/or presentation or workshop to be submitted to a State, Regional or National conference or will submit an article for publication in this area.
The intern specializing in this area will be assigned a staff supervisor/mentor who will be responsible for coordinating the intern's professional and intellectual development in this area. This staff member will also supervise the intern's clinical work with clients and assist the intern in developing programming as well as developing his/her creative project and/or a presentation or workshop for presentation at a conference or his/her submission of an article for publication. In addition, they will guide the intern's reading of the literature in the area. The intern will provide leadership in the training of summer orientation staff who provide diversity programming for freshman during the summer orientation program.

The intern will carry a caseload of 3-5 individual clients (when possible) who are culturally different. The intern will also develop and co-lead a group for a culturally different population with a staff member during the first semester and during the second semester may continue with the staff member or be the primary leader with another trainee as co-leader. The intern will receive 1 hour of weekly individual supervision from the specialization supervisor as well as group supervision from the staff group co-leader. During his/her second semester, if the intern co-leads with another trainee his/her specialization supervisor will provide supervision for the group.

The intern will develop creative programming independently, aimed at culturally different populations and programming for the majority population on prejudice reduction or other areas relevant to multicultural issues. The intern will also respond to questions in the multicultural area submitted to "Concerned Charlie", a computer based service that allows students to submit personal and informational questions to the center. Staff and interns in the center respond to these questions in his/her areas of expertise. The responses are reviewed by a committee before being put out over the university computer network. The intern will establish liaisons with multicultural offices on campus and offer services to those offices, developing programming and acting as consultant. The intern will offer programs through work on the Multicultural/Diversity Outreach Team and gradually assume leadership within that Team. The intern will also take a leadership role with the summer orientation program for freshmen. They will be responsible for organizing and carrying through the training of summer orientation staff who provide diversity programming to freshman during the program. The intern will also participate in delivering that programming. The intern will also act as a consultant to residence halls on multicultural issues.

The intern will provide supervision to a culturally different, non-majority masters intern when possible. The intern will co-teach the training seminar for masters interns on multicultural counseling with staff, gradually taking a leadership role in that seminar.

The intern will immerse him/herself in a particular multicultural community and work with student organizations in that community so as to become affirmative, comfortable and competent providers of services to that community.

The intern will become involved with professional organizations that deal with multicultural issues. The intern will develop a creative project and/or a presentation or workshop for presentation at a State, Regional or National conference or submit an article for publication. This presentation, workshop or publication can be done cooperatively with staff and others or independently.

If possible, arrangements to teach or co-teach a multicultural counseling course within the Department of Counseling Psychology will be made.

The intern will be evaluated in a variety of ways by his/her supervisor/mentor, Multicultural/Diversity Outreach Team leaders and his/her group co-leader. Since the intern is making this an area of specialization, supervisors will do all they can to assist the intern and mentor the intern in development of his/her expertise in this area. If, for any reason, the supervisors/mentors in this area believe that the intern should not specialize in this area, this will be discussed in depth with the intern and with the training director. The aim of evaluation is to insure the intern has advanced knowledge and skill in this area and is seen as a developing expert in the area.

  1. The intern's supervisor/mentor in this area will fill out a Clinical Supervisors evaluation (Appendix 2) with an addendum attached that reflects assessment of competence in clinical issues specific to multicultural clients (Addendum to Clinical Supervisor's Evaluation of intern for Multicultural Clients, Appendix 5).
  2. The supervisor/mentor will fill out a Special Projects Evaluation form at the end of each semester that reflects an evaluation of the intern's competence in providing training, programming , outreach and consultation activities (Appendix 2).
  3. The Multicultural/Diversity Outreach Team leaders will evaluate the intern on the Outreach/Consultation Team Evaluation of The intern form twice yearly at the end of each semester (Appendix 2).
  4. Group co-leaders will fill out the Group Evaluation Form at the end of each semester they co-lead with the intern with the additional Addendum to Clinical Supervisor's Evaluation of intern attached (Appendix 2 and Appendix 5).
  5. Supervisors will also provide ongoing informal feedback to the intern.
  6. Supervisors will provide oral feedback to the training director through meetings of the Supervisors' Committee.
  7. The intern will evaluate his/her supervisors, project coordinators and group co-leaders as well on the designated forms.
  8. An overall assessment of the intern's level of expertise in the specialization will be done at the end of the internship year and be a part of the Attainment of Training Goals Evaluation (Appendix 2).
  9. Evaluation is to be seen as reciprocal and shared openly between the intern and his or her supervisors and the training director.
  10. Supervisors of interns supervision with culturally different supervisees will fill out an Evaluation of Intern as Supervisor form (Appendix 2) and will note the special emphasis and directly comment upon it as will the supervision of supervision supervisor. The intern in his/her evaluation of his/her clinical supervisor (Appendix 3) will note that supervisor's sensitivity and assistance in dealing with supervision issues specific to multicultural trainees.
An extensive bibliography will be provided once the intern determines their own goals for the Specialty.