Multicultural Perspective

The Counseling Psychology program at The University of Akron is committed to a multicultural perspective, broadly defined.

This commitment is evident from our mission statement and goals; our integration of multicultural issues into the range of coursework we offer; our course on diversity issues in Counseling Psychology which students take in their third year (as well as an elective course on Multicultural Counseling); our Diversity Dialogues graduate student organization; our annual Student Diversity Award; and faculty membership in APA's Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women), and Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues).

In addition, in Fall 2006 the faculty of the Collaborative Program endorsed the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity that was endorsed by the American Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA), the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), and the Society for Counseling Psychology (SCP).

Some of the clearest evidence of our program’s commitment to diversity, however, comes from this sampling of faculty and student research and publication topics:

  • African-American racial identity development
  • African-American families
  • mental health implications of racial socialization and racial discrimination
  • perceptions of training in gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, perceptions of violence in heterosexual and homosexual relationships
  • feminist identity development
  • gender roles and mental health
  • gender roles and sexual assault
  • career development attitudes and experiences of women and members of racial/ethnic minority groups
  • religion/spirituality and well-being
  • religious and vocational values
  • counselor perceptions of Hispanic clients
  • Chicana/os and mental health services
  • frameworks for multicultural counseling