Multicultural training experiences as predictors of psychology students’ cultural competence

Lee, Amanda & Khawaja, Nigar G. (2013) Multicultural training experiences as predictors of psychology students’ cultural competence. Australian Psychologist, 48(3), pp. 209-216.

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The psychologists in the western world, including Australia, are required to be culturally competent due to the cultural diversity of these societies. Previous studies conducted in North America and Europe have found multicultural teaching, clinical experience with culturally diverse clients, and discussion of multicultural counselling issues in supervision to be related to the practitioner’s cultural competency. The present study examined factors contributing to trainee psychologists’ perceived level of cultural competence. It was hypothesised that multicultural teaching, clinical experience and supervision would be related to students’ level of cultural competence. One hundred and twenty seven postgraduate clinical psychology students completed an online survey battery that included demographic information, a social desirability measure, and the Multicultural Mental Health Awareness Scale (Khawaja, Gomez & Turner, 2009). This hypothesis was partially supported. Clinical experience and supervision focusing on multicultural issues were found to be related to participants’ perceived cultural competence, however, multicultural teaching was not. These results provide insight into how universities around Australia can facilitate future psychologists’ competence in working with clients from different cultural backgrounds.

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ID Code: 47149
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cultural competence, Multicultural counselling, Training, Psychology, HERN
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00063.x
ISSN: 0005-0067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Australian Psychological Society
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2011 22:55
Last Modified: 14 May 2016 09:59

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