A Systems Analysis of Multicultural Education in the Training of Clinical Psychologists
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Laura Meyer, Ph.D.
Shelly Smith-Acuña, Ph.D.
Brieanne Kohrt, Ph.D.
William E. Cross, Jr., Ph.D.
Systems theory, Multicultural education, Clinical training, Cilinical psychology
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This theoretical paper applies systems theory to analysis of multicultural education in doctoral programs in clinical psychology in the United States that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Using core concepts of systems theory—context, communication, early templates, circular causality, and change processes—this paper articulates the stakeholder perspectives and relational dynamics that operate when multiculturalism is taught in this training setting. From the theoretical concepts, the author derives recommendations intended for Directors of Clinical Training (DCTs), APA policymakers, educators, and researchers, who possess the power to promulgate changes at all levels, from shifts in institutions to shifts in the experience of individual students.
Simmons, Amanda R., "A Systems Analysis of Multicultural Education in the Training of Clinical Psychologists" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 347.
Theoretical Analysis and Synthesis