Login
DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY COMMITTEE
Chair, Samira Paul, M.A.


We are delighted to announce the formation of a new Committee of the DCPA: the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee (DCCC).  The objectives of the Committee are to advance understanding of the impact that differences in cultural and linguistic background between practitioners and patients can have on the therapeutic relationship; to provide educational and professional opportunities to explore ways of addressing and ameliorating this impact; and, to help foster an environment in which intercultural dialogue, cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity play a strengthening role in the life of the DC psychological community.  

 

The association is extremely fortunate to have Ms. Samira Paul as the chairperson of this new committee.  She comes to the DCPA with several years of experience in overseas human rights advocacy and Middle East political reform and negotiations, and who is now a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the American School for Professional Psychology at Argosy.  Samira would be glad to welcome any volunteers who wish to take an active role in the Committee, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to Samira at samira.f.paul@gmail.comIt is our hope to create a dynamic committee that integrates both didactic and experiential approaches, promotes understanding and empathic attunement, and allows us to embrace diversity and calibrate our shared humanity.


Issue Statement: Lack of cultural awareness can be an obstacle to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological conditions, and to the therapeutic relationship.  Cultural and linguistic diversity can play a role in the approach clients take to mental health and their mental health professionals, and it can play a role in the way they respond to assessment criteria and treatment approaches.  Cross-cultural differences can skew assessment findings and reduce the efficacy of treatment.


The DCPA believes in equal dignity of cultures, and the equal right to celebrate cultural diversity.  The aims of the Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee are (1) to advance understanding of the impact that differences in cultural and linguistic background between practitioners and patients can have on the therapeutic relationship, including assessment, diagnosis and treatment; (2) to provide educational and professional opportunities to explore ways of addressing and ameliorating this impact; and, (3) to help foster an environment in which intercultural dialogue, cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity play a strengthening role in the life of the DC psychological community.


The DCCC will achieve these aims through a number of methods including:

  • -          Community-Practitioner Roundtables designed to illuminate cultural approaches to mental health and mental health treatment.
  • -          Guest lectures by experts in the field of cross-cultural and trans-linguistic assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • -          Leveraging the diversity inherent in the DCPA community of practitioners to share knowledge and techniques across the Association.
  • -          Maintain an accessible knowledge database for cross-cultural questions or issues that may arise in practice.
  • -          This committee will also provide consultation and support to clinicians, clients, and the community.


Click the following link for the

Diversity & Cultural Competency Best Practices Database


Committee Members

Ms. Samira Paul, Chair

Samira.F.Paul@gmail.com

Dr. Edwin Nichols

drejn1523@aol.com

Dr. Karen Shanor 

 ks1296@georgetown.edu

Dr. Stephen Stein 

 s613s@aol.com

Dr. Walter J. Hillabrant

 hillabrant@yahoo.com

Dr. R. Mallory Starr

 mstarr703@comcast.net

Dr. Mia Paustian

 miapaustianphd@gmail.com

Dr. Robert Favero

 robertfavero@aol.com

Mr. Ron Simpson

 rws2480@ego.thechicagoschool.edu

Dr. Suzan Stafford

 suzanms@verizon.net

Dr. John Robinson

 jdrobinson@aol.com

Dr. Noah Collins

 nmc2001@umd.edu

Ms. Jade Wood

 jwoodpsych@gmail.com

Dr. Giselle Hass

 giselle.hass@gmail.com

Ms. Alexandra Happ-Stein

 alexandra.h.stein@gmail.com


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software