The UCS Pre-doctoral Internship Program espouses the belief that all individuals should have access to quality mental health care, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical disabilities or socioeconomic status. It is further believed that in order to be fully prepared to render quality mental health care in a diverse society with rapidly changing demographics, psychologists and other mental health practitioners must have in-depth knowledge of issues of diversity. This conceptual orientation is part of the guiding philosophy behind our program curriculum.
Discussions about diversity become increasingly frequent and complex over the course of the internship. During orientation, interns are given the opportunity to role play intake interviews with the Training Director, where they are encouraged to practice assisting all type of clients. Discussion follows each role play. The Training Director gives feedback about issues of diversity and their impact on therapeutic rapport, diagnostic considerations, and potential implications in the therapeutic relationship. As the year progresses and interns begin to work with clients, one aspect of clinical supervision is the discussion of diversity issues.
Seminars, case conferences, clinical and administrative supervision sessions are structured within the psychodynamic frame and ethical attention is paid to diversity issues.
The day-to-day operation and environment of Howard University may be characterized as a tapestry of diversity. More than 88 countries are represented with large numbers of international students coming from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, Latin America, etc. We have students representing different socio-economic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations and cultures.
This unique environment gives the interns the experience to develop special competency in working with a diverse population. The University Counseling Service, as an agency of Howard University, is rooted and grounded in the University's commitment to serve a diverse population for leadership and service to our nation and the global community. The University's commitment to diversity has been exhibited through its hiring practices for faculty and staff throughout its history, and its recruitment of students since its inception. Howard University students and employees have always included both people of color and Caucasians from around the globe.
The UCS internship training program engages in actions that indicate respect for and understanding of cultural and individual diversity. The program has nondiscriminatory policies and operating conditions and avoids any actions that would restrict program access on grounds that are irrelevant to success in an internship or the profession.
We are in compliance with the guidelines stipulated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, religion, sex, nationality or sexual orientation. The policies and regulations of Howard University are featured prominently on its website at http://www.howard.edu/policy/.