Description of the Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy Competence
This study is being conducted to investigate a possible standardized measure of multicultural competence in counseling and psychotherapy. You will be asked to complete a short Experience and Demographic Survey in which you will be directed to provide demographic information and answer questions about aspects of your professional experience. Then you will be asked to answer 50 multiple choice and true-false questions (constituting the Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy Test – MCPT © Gillem, Bartoli, & Williams) relating to the ways in which race and ethnicity might impact a counselor’s response to racially and culturally different clients. It is expected that you will complete the assessment materials in about 45-60 minutes.
Your participation in this study is voluntary and you may choose to discontinue your participation at any time. There will be no identifying information collected in this study; thus, participation will be anonymous. Nonetheless, some of the questions asked in the Demographic section of the Experience and Demographic Survey may be of a sensitive nature and you may choose not to answer any question that you do not feel comfortable answering.
The study involves no greater risk to physical or psychological well-being than one would encounter in a typical testing situation. Benefits from this study to you may include an increased multicultural awareness from reading and answering the questions on the MCPT. The results of this research may enhance the ability to provide increasingly effective multicultural counseling and psychotherapy training to graduate students, and it may also enhance the ability of mental health agencies to hire multiculturally competent professionals. The information derived from this project might lead to professional publications and presentations.
This study has been approved by the Arcadia University Institutional Review Board (IRB). To ensure that this research continues to protect your rights and minimize your risk, the IRB reserves the right to examine and evaluate the data and research protocols involved in this project. If you wish to receive additional information regarding your rights in this study you may contact the Arcadia University Office of the Committee for the Protection of Research Subjects at 267-620-4111.
If at any time you would like to contact the principle investigator to discuss any aspect of the study, you may reach her by the following means:
Angela R. Gillem, PhD
Professor of Psychology
By proceeding to complete the assessment materials, you give your consent to the use of your assessment data in research presentations and publications, and you also agree not to share the content of the testing materials with anyone, not to copy or duplicate the materials in any way, and to refrain from using any part of the assessment materials for any purposes (including research, teaching, sharing with colleagues, or any other scholarly activities).