February 10, 2010
Supporting the University of St. Thomas mission, Counseling and Psychological Services promotes the mental health, interpersonal relationships, and academic performance of UST students. We contribute to a healthy campus learning environment by providing psychological services to all who work, train, and study at the University.
Our department is committed to making our services accessible to all and to meeting the needs of people who represent the full range of diverse identities. We define cultural diversity as personal or social identities based in cultural, individual, group, or role differences including those based on race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, mental health status, relational and family status, religion, spirituality, language, nationality, citizenship status, social class, economic status, veteran status, disability and ability, gender identity and expression, body type and size, as well as diverse ideas, values, and lifestyles. An understanding of the impact of culture is integrated into every aspect of the work we do in direct services, training, scholarly activity and research. Comprehensive understanding of the impact of culture is seen as an integral ingredient of competent psychological practice. All of our staff and trainees are required to engage in learning about the range of multicultural competencies, and demonstrate a commitment to serve people who represent the full range of identities.
For additional reflection on our approach to culture and diversity, see this description from the website of our training program, in which our senior staff are active and engaged members: