Teaching cultural sensitivity in psychological assessment: a modular approach used in a distance education program

J Pers Assess. 2002 Oct;79(2):200-6. doi: 10.1207/S15327752JPA7902_03.


In this article, I describe the teaching and evaluation of 8 multicultural assessment competencies in an American Psychological Association accredited, distance education, clinical psychology doctoral program. This modular approach consists of 15 hr of face-to-face, didactic and experiential multicultural assessment training designed to (a) augment personal awareness, (b) develop a conceptual base, (c) provide exposure to available assessment technologies, (d) ensure an understanding of an integrative model of culturally sensitive assessment, and (e) offer opportunities to apply this material to assessment cases. In addition to completing this training, students are evaluated on these competencies as part of their preinternship clinical comprehensive. I present preliminary evaluative outcome data as well as a critique of this approach.

MeSH terms

  • Colorado
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Distance / methods*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Clinical / education*
  • Psychometrics / education*