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Our recently established Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to research and development of multicultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy, focussing particularly on the stigmatized social identities of gender, race, sexual orientations, class, disabilities, religion, and age. One of the key objectives of the Centre is to facilitate research and scholarship on the integration and intersection of various marginalised identities so that counselling and psychotherapy can be conducted through a paradigm of multiple identities irrespective of particular counselling approaches. The Centre is well positioned to undertake this mission as the majority of the faculty are already undertaking research and teaching in the various areas of diversity, and this expertise forms the basis for further research through funded and non-funded projects. The interdisciplinary nature of the Centre and the engagement of faculty collaboration promote a rich environment and a creative clinical niche within which graduate students can be nurtured. This exposure to discourses of cultural differences juxtaposed with a variety of holistic approaches to psychotherapy forms a critical base for the study of diversity in counselling.

Another key aim of the Centre is to increase the collaborative engagement with local community health and counselling organizations so that research can be disseminated to practitioners working in the field. One way in which the Centre has achieved this objective has been through the annual Critical Multicultural Counselling Conference at which researchers and community practitioners address key critical issues on the theme of Diversity and Multiculture. The conference which began in 2003 with funding from the American Psychological Association, has become the flagship of the centre attracting scholars from the major universities in Canada but also researchers from the US and Britain. The conference has become a place in Canada, perhaps North America where debate and discussion of the emerging trends and controversial issue of critical multiculture and diversity in counselling and psychotherapy can be engaged with. As part of this process the Centre also offers the OISE/ UT Lifetime Achievement Award in Multicultural and Diversity Counselling. To-date two Emeritus professors (one from the US and the other from the UK) have been offered this prestigious award.

 

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