At CAPS we value diversity in each of our staff members, trainees, and clients. We are committed to furthering our own multicultural competence, challenging ourselves to examine our biases and social identities, and experiences of both privilege and marginalization. Likewise, we expect that our interns will engage in this process with the staff as a whole and through their own training opportunities.
Interns engage in diversity development meetings involving non-evaluative discussions in which they explore and process their reactions to topics covered in the seminar including exploration of self as a cultural being, awareness of prejudice and discrimination, acculturation strategies, exploration of socio-cultural identities (e.g., ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, ability, socioeconomic status) and contemporary socio-political events. Interns also engage in weekly two-hour didactic training seminars that include multicultural topics. Interns’ integration of diversity issues into their work is provided by their clinical supervisors and in training experiences, such as Case Conference or Outreach.
Given the diverse student body at FAU, interns are afforded the opportunity to work with clients with varying identities and backgrounds. Several students seen at CAPS speak Spanish as their first language and therefore may prefer doing therapy in Spanish. If interns are fluent in Spanish, they may be able to provide therapy in Spanish and receive supervision from a Spanish speaking supervisor. This can also be done as a part of the Latinx Mental Health Training Focus.