Culturally competent practice: experiences of students, academics, and alumni of clinical psychology degrees in Singapore

Geerlings, Lennie R.C., Thompson, Claire L., and Tan, Gabriel (2017) Culturally competent practice: experiences of students, academics, and alumni of clinical psychology degrees in Singapore. Journal of Tropical Psychology, 7. e3. pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

This is the first research in Singapore into preparation for culturally competent practice in professional clinical psychology training programmes. It analyses experiences of multicultural clinical psychology training and practice and asks how well current programmes are meeting the needs for cultural competency. These questions were explored with qualitative data from interviews about multicultural practice with five students, five academics and five alumni of clinical psychology. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis revealed four themes: highlighting the culture of clinical psychology, the cultural context of training and practice, cultural competencies, and pathways for developing cultural competency. These outcomes demonstrate that the training programmes are considered valuable for improving psychological service provision in Singapore, although improvements to these programmes are desired for cultural competency development. These findings point to the need for particular competencies to be developed, as well as at directions for further research that may benefit clinical psychology training.

Item ID: 50529
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1838-9902
Keywords: clinical psychology education, cultural competence, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), professional psychology, Singapore
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 09:56
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 34%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 33%
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