Are counselling psychology training courses developing multicultural competencies in their trainees? Comparing cultural competency in health care and counselling psychology trainees
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AbstractThe need for professionals to develop multicultural awareness, knowledge and skills has been recognised in literature and mental health practitioner programmes since the early 1970s. Despite the professional growth of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCoP), recent research still suggests that cultural competency skills must be further emphasised and developed in training courses. Following an integrative philosophical model, this study adopts a mixed methods approach including interviews and cross-sectional surveys to explore how cultural competency skills are facilitated in DCoP training or acquired by professionals compared to biomedical trainees and professionals. Interviews were conducted with the DCoP course directors, while the Lie scale (Eysenck, 1976) measuring social desirability and the Healthcare Provider Cultural Competence Instrument (HPCCI) (Schwarz, Witte, Sellers, Luzadis, Weiner, Domingo-Snyder, 2015) measuring level of cultural competency skills, were administered to the DCoP and biomedical groups. I hypothesised that the DCoP trainees will score significantly higher on cultural competency compared to trainees from other training programmes and this proved not significant. The results have implications for further developments of cultural competencies in counselling psychology and biomedical training courses.
PublisherUniversity of Wolverhampton
TypeThesis or dissertation
DescriptionA Portfolio submitted to the University of Wolverhampton for the Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
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