The RMPA Diversity Council’s mission is to promote multicultural education, training, research and social justice in a manner that assists psychologists in maintaining and enhancing their ethical conduct with diverse groups. The term multiculturalism or diversity is not limited to race, ethnicity or gender, but also encompasses differing religions/spiritualities, socioeconomic status, sexualities, abilities, ages, etc... Further, it is the hope of the RMPA Diversity Council to promote a biopsychosocial approach to diversity programming at the annual conference. Therefore, the goal of the Diversity Council is to promote the education, cultural awareness and sensitives from a dynamic perspective of individuals at all levels of their professional development. Students, faculty members and clinicians are encouraged to submit proposals for the annual convention related to diversity in order to promote the American Psychology Association’s (2002) Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists.
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
Resources For Teaching
The RMPA Diversity Council hopes to develop a comprehensive page dedicated to diversity related teaching resources. Therefore, RMPA members are encouraged to share their resources to be added to the page. This list of resources is not all inclusive, so please send us more information to add to this page. Please feel free to email suggestions on resources to be added to the page to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Education Resource:
Stereotyping, Prejudice, Discrimination:
Society for the Teaching of Psychology Presidential Taskforce on Diversity Education: The Task Force compiled annotated bibliographies of teaching resources, including books, book chapters, journal articles, films, websites, and other media. Topics (noted on the navigational bar on the left of this page) included cross-cutting issues, such as assessment, institutional support for diversity education and, power and privilege and specific categories such as Race/Ethnicity, Religion, Gender/Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Age. The resources were developed for teachers of psychology at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level.