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Diversity Division

Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Diversity Division will firmly uphold its values and competency to better serve its diverse members and the population it serves. It will be the duty of the Diversity Division to establish and uphold policies that will promote the understanding of diversity issues, particularly cultural issues.

The Diversity Division supports its members being cognizant of all issues related to the range of human diversity that may include race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. All members are encouraged to strive for competency in these diverse areas, so as to enhance the service to their communities.

It is the mission of the Diversity Division not only to promote awareness and competency within its organization but also in the state of Texas and beyond. The Diversity Division will endeavor to establish initiatives that will increase cultural sensitivity and competence of leaders and members, build and sustain relationships with other professional organizations, as well as encourage diversity within the membership and leadership of the organization.

Purpose—The purpose of the Division is to promote and apply knowledge of psychology to issues relating to racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. Specific objectives include: 1) encouraging research on traditionally marginalized groups and culturally effective and responsive treatment; 2) promoting standards of practice that are culturally and linguistically appropriate; 3) promoting legislative initiatives that further the training, research and practice of race and ethnic minority psychology and culturally competent care; 4) to provide a forum for communication and consultation amount psychologists in the state of Texas who are committed to developing culturally and linguistically appropriate skills and practices; and 5) to promote the highest standards of ethical and culturally competent practice among practitioners consistent with those espoused by the Texas Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists of the APA.


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