Training GSPP students to be culturally competent psychologists is one of the most unique features of the GSPP psychology programs. As a leader in psychology training, GSPP is among the first schools in the country to develop an entire academic and clinical curriculum around diversity issues. GSPP is the first Professional Psychology School in the country to offer a series of courses in multicultural psychology instead of just one course. Additionally, issues surrounding racism, ethnicity, gender, and other diversity issues are woven into coursework across the curriculum.
Students apply what they learn in the classroom in their clinical training by completing the required Multicultural Training clinical hours. It is the intention of the academic and clinical requirements to increase students awareness of culturally-diverse populations in the USA and develop professional skills in working with individuals within a culturally diverse population.
A crucial part of this training is the required multicultural course sequence, which is made up of the following courses: Racial and Ethnic Identity Development, Social Psychology of Racism and Oppression, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and Culturally Competent Psychotherapy. PsyD students are required to complete at least 40 hours of clinical work with diverse clients via their field placement. Students are responsible for developing a plan to meet this requirement with their field placement supervisor and their academic supervisor
Forensic students also explore diversity issues through their academics and clinical work.
The very nature of IDP training exposes students to diversity issues.