Psychological Treatment of Ethnic Minority Populations

Cultural Competence in the Treatment of Ethnic Minority Populations

The call for cultural competence in mental health practice has been a frequent theme voiced by the four major ethnic minority psychological associations (Asian American Psychological Association, Association of Black Psychologists, National Latina/o Psychological Association, and the Society of Indian Psychologists). In an effort to address concerns and provide assistance to service providers, these four associations have produced this booklet to:

  • produce a highly readable brochure summarizing in broad terms the mental health issues of greatest concern to the four ethnic minority psychological associations,

  • increase awareness regarding the need for balance between culturally universal modes of helping with the increasing recognition of the effectiveness of culture-specific and indigenous healing approaches, and

  • provide culturally relevant mental health practice recommendations to practitioners and students who work with ethnic minority populations.

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