As a training facility we strongly embrace the ethical imperatives that guide the identity development of Psychologists, in particular the mandate to be culturally sensitive professionals.
We strive to create an environment of support and acceptance with our internship training as well as our work with clients, and with each other. Interns can expect that we will honor and respect their uniqueness while at the same time help grow as a therapist and a future psychologist. Our Diversity Statement below captures our vision for who we want to be:
“As a center we are committed to engaging in a journey of multicultural competency. We seek growth in our understanding of diversity as it relates to both the Baylor community and the global community. Our commitment extends not only outward in service but inward, as we each pursue awareness of our own experience of diversity.
As a center we share core values that promote and celebrate diversity. An expression of these values is evident in our respect, empathy, compassion, and acceptance of all people. We pride ourselves on providing services in the areas of clinical treatment, outreach and prevention, consultation, liaison, training and education. We envision our values, as they relate to multicultural competency, to be visible in all the ways in which we interact with Baylor and the Waco community, as well as, our day to day functioning within the walls of the Baylor University Counseling Center.
As a center we strive not only to increase awareness of diversity issues such as oppression and discrimination, but also to foster reconciliation as we affirm movement towards healing. We believe the spirit of the Christian faith embraces the spirit of multiculturalism: both emerging from the spirit of love. In being compelled by love, we show hospitality, dignity, and humility in our work with all people and in our interactions with one another.”
We think about diversity and multiculturalism as an intersection among and between culture, identity, contextual factors, and experience. We are intentional about seeking awareness and understanding about a broad cross-section of identities including racial and ethnic differences, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic status, nationality, acculturation, religious affiliation, faith expression, ability status, and other identities important to our community. We strive to recognize how these characteristics intersect within the clinical work, research, consultation, education, and supervision.
We believe that all counseling is multicultural counseling, and being an effective counselor requires being intentional about building healing relationships with clients where attention to intersectional experiences and identities are paramount. We, therefore, strive to develop our own multicultural competencies and foster those of our interns.
We ascribe to APA’s position statement “Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public: A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training” which can be found at: http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/policy/diversity-preparation.aspx (See App. E).
We train interns to be well-rounded professional psychologists with the competencies to serve clients representing different forms of diversity. In providing this training, we commit ourselves to creating a supportive training environment that allows for self-exploration and the development of cognitive flexibility.
Interns training in our center are expected to develop competencies to effectively serve diverse populations, including clients whose identity, beliefs, worldview, or cultural background may create personal conflict with that of the intern.
We believe that in working through these conflicts interns will have the opportunity to grow and obtain valuable skills and experiences that will enhance their development as clinicians. Supervision is encouraged as a useful tool to obtain support during challenging diversity related experiences.