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Diversity and Cultural Competency Committee

CHAIR:  STEPHEN STEIN, PHD AND MICHELE VECCHIO, MSW

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.  

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.

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


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