Serving the Graduate Psychology Community since 2003

4th Annual ACEPT Conference


Friday, May 13, 2016

"Multicultural Competence in Training"

Loyola University

Watertower Campus

111 E. Pearson St.

Chicago, IL 60611


*3 CE’s Available

Sponsored by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Institute for Professional and Continuing Studies

APA Approved Sponsor

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8:15 -8:45a         Check-in/Morning Refreshments**

9-10:30a              Session I: Cultivating and Evaluating Multicultural Competence: Tools for


10:30-10:45a      Break

10:45a-12:15p    Session II: Training Students to Lead Psychotherapy Groups When Diversity Is The


12:15-1:45p        Lunch (by Flaco's Tacos) / Student Posters**

1:50-2:50p          ACEPT General Meeting


**Beverages/Morning Refreshments/Lunch will be provided

Session I:  Cultivating and Evaluating Multicultural Competence: Tools for Supervision


Michelle Melton, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

US Department of Veteran Affairs VHA, Phoenix, AZ


Program Description

Since the adoption of multicultural competencies in best practice standards in psychology, training programs and supervisors have been charged with the task of developing and evaluating such competencies in their trainees. To aid in this endeavor, guidelines, benchmarks, and self-assessment tools have been introduced to the field. Yet, there is still a need to improve training efforts. Improving multicultural training efforts can include supporting the multicultural knowledge skills and awareness of supervisors so that they may be even better able to provide diversity-affirming supervision. There is also a need for supervisors to employ strategies that integrate the affective component related to trainees’ attitudes and comfort level when working with diverse populations. Such integration will require cultural humility as well as multicultural competence for both the supervisor and trainee.

The purpose of this program is to assist supervisors in integrating diversity-affirming practices in supervision to increase trainees’ multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills. Discussion of tools to evaluate trainees’ knowledge base and awareness of assumptions, biases, and acceptance of differences will also be presented.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss multicultural competencies relevant to the practice of psychology.

2. Identify supervisor competencies specific to multiculturalism and diversity as they relate to provision of clinical supervision.

3. Develop supervision training activities that increase multicultural competence and self-awareness in trainees.

4. Create a process for the formative and summative evaluation of multicultural competence and self-awareness in trainees.

Session II:  Training Students to Lead Psychotherapy Groups When Diversity Is The Norm


James Dugo, Ph.D.                                                               Sandra Lema-Stern, Ph.D.

Professor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist                        Professor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Illinois School of Professional Psychology                       Illinois School of Professional Psychology

at Argosy University, Schaumburg                                    at Argosy University, Schaumburg


Program Description

The chief aim of all therapy is to provide the best available treatment to clients.  There are core features that have proven to provide the best practices for group therapy.  Practicum students and interns, however, are often in complex settings with difficult conditions.  The length of groups and the heterogeneity of members in terms of pathology, age, gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, supervision, milieu restrictions, co-therapy arrangements and theoretical models often make it a confusing environment to have an appropriate lens for rendering effective treatment.


This presentation will focus on a framework for helping supervisors and students, regardless of theoretical orientation and diversity factors, maximize the effectiveness of group treatment.  The presentation will offer information from the current literature as well as experiential content which will further concretize the content.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Identify essential dynamics for a successful therapy group, with specific attention to the complexity of groups consisting of clients and settings that are diverse.

2. Apply appropriate skills in teaching trainees to facilitate those dynamics, especially strategies for fostering pair bonding (client-therapist and client-client), and strategies for preventing scape-goating.

3. Discuss the significance of the development of the co-therapy relationship in facilitating a successful therapy group.

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