Our focus is on multicultural competence because all lives really do matter.
We all want and deserve to be seen, heard, appreciated, and respected. As mental health professionals we have the ethical responsibility of being aware and respectful of cultural differences between ourselves and those we serve, based on age, gender, language, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. We are also expected to ensure that our own biases and prejudices-and to the best of our ability those of others-do not negatively impacting the students, clients, research participants, and others that we serve.
We can’t do this without some level of multicultural competence-despite our best intentions. In fact, we do a lot of harm not meaning to.
Multicultural competence is challenging because it requires a willingness to engage in ongoing self-reflection about our own worldviews-that set of attitudes, beliefs, biases, and assumptions we have about ourselves and others-based on our many intersecting cultural identities. It also requires the willingness to challenge the narratives about ourselves and others that we have internalized through the socialization process and our experiences with power, privilege, and marginalization. Multicultural competence is a lifelong journey. No matter how much we already know, there is always more to learn-about ourselves and others.
The facilitators at CEMPSYCH, LLC have demonstrated commitments to their ongoing journeys of multicultural competence. They understand the challenges that arise. They know that no one ever “arrives,” and the more you learn, the more there is to learn. CEMPSYCH, LLC facilitators also know that the journey of multicultural competence is not about perfection, but rather progress and connection with self and others. They appreciate that you too want and deserve to be seen, heard, appreciated, and respected. They have the capacity to hold sacred space for shared vulnerability required for this transformational work, as well as the courage to stay present in the hard conversations that sometimes arise along the way. Most of all, they understand that we really are all in this together.