We are all cultural beings (APA Guideline 1); our humanity is formed not just by individual experiences and differences but within overlapping contexts (familial, community, ethnic, racial, national, sexual orientations, etc.). CAPS embraces the challenges essential to growing multiculturally as clinicians and as an organization through the consideration of our own complex identities and associated power dynamics. While each of us at CAPS engaged with varying levels of knowledge, skill, and awareness, we strive to apply culturally appropriate skills in our practice (APA Guideline 5). We are committed to flourishing as a healthy multicultural organization through diversifying the organization, seeking input from diverse constituencies, and working to best serve marginalized populations in our community.
The Diversity committee leads in challenging CAPS toward ongoing growth by providing training and working with the larger community. Interns are also supported in their multicultural development through Diversity Seminar, the option to participate in rotations focused on working with diverse students, and the opportunity to outreach to student groups. As multicultural development is dynamic and ever-evolving, we treasure the active exploration of new ideas and perspectives as well as re-evaluation and exploration of familiar and unexamined assumptions.