Multicultural Experiences

We are committed to providing training that addresses the need for psychologists to demonstrate individual and multicultural diversity competencies when working with clients, students and the population at large. Approximately 40% of NIU students identify as ethnic minorities, primarily African-American or Latino/a. There is also a growing segment of the student population who identify as non-traditional college students (over the age of 23), including military veterans. CCS clients reflects this diversity.

We have a number of programs and collaborative relationships in place to serve the student populations above, as well as students who identify as LGBTQIA. One of the priorities in the assignment of clients to interns' caseloads is to reflect the diversity of the NIU student population.

Interns will have opportunities to present outreach programs and presentations to a wide-range of groups on campus, such as Housing and Residential Services, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, the Center for Black Studies, the Latino Resource Center, the Asian American Resource Center and the International Student and Faculty Office.

Multicultural and diversity training is integrated into the internship program through individual supervision, group supervision, training seminars and each intern's specialization area of focus.