Cultural Competency and Assessment

Cultural competence in clinical psychology is rooted in the goal of delivering the highest quality care to every patient regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or language proficiency. This competence is demonstrated at the micro, or individual, level through the application of specific techniques and skills of clinical assessments and treatment. This competence is also demonstrated at the macro, or systems, level in the support of institutional and organizational practices to meet the needs of diverse populations.

The development of cultural competency is embedded in the ideals to which psychologists should aspire as professionals. The American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct stipulates as part of Principle E: Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity,

Psychologists are aware of and respect cultural, ...

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