The Rocky Mountain Psychological Association adheres to and supports the Multicultural Guidelines set for by the American Psychological Association (APA; 2002). The APA developed the following guidelines in 2002, as a way to emphasize the number of ways that psychologists should attend to multiculturalism in their various roles. Included in the document are the following guidelines which may be used as broad categories to promote research, teaching, clinical work, and training:
Guideline #1: Psychologists are encouraged to recognize that, as cultural beings, they may hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence their perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are ethnically and racially different from themselves.
Guideline #2: Psychologists are encouraged to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity/responsiveness, knowledge, and understanding about ethnically and racially different individuals.
Guideline #3: As educators, psychologists are encouraged to employ the constructs of multiculturalism and diversity in psychological education.
Guideline # 4: Culturally sensitive psychological researchers are encouraged to recognize the importance of conducting culture-centered and ethical psychological research among persons from ethnic, linguistic, and racial minority backgrounds.
Guideline #5: Psychologists strive to apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices.
Guideline #6: Psychologists are encouraged to use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational (policy) development and practices.
For more detailed information on these guidelines, please see the full APA document at the following link: https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/policy/multicultural-guideline.pdf