The Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CDCP), at the University of the Western Cape is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to research and development of critical multicultural and diversity issues in counselling, psychology and psychotherapy.
University of Western Cape: Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CDCP)
The Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CDCP), at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto; is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to research and development of critical multicultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy. Details of the Centre can be found at: http://cdc.oise.utoronto.ca. Its main aim is to focus on research in 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 marginalized identities so that counselling, psychology and psychotherapy can be conducted through a paradigm of multiple identities irrespective of particular counselling or clinical approaches. 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 psychology and psychotherapy forms a critical base for the study of diversity in health and mental health.
An invitation is offered to the Department of Clinical and Counselling Psychology, the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Industrial Psychology at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to form a “sister” CDCP centre, called “Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Cape Town”.
The CDCP Centre is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to deepening understanding of critical multiculturalism and diversity, and promoting community engagement in counselling, psychology and psychotherapy to inform contextualised training and practice.
Aims and Objectives
The CDCP Centre will:
· increase the collaborative engagement between the faculties of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy of the University of Toronto and the University of the Western Cape to engage in critical interdisciplinary research, knowledge production and scholarship that will eventually inform and transform the discourse of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
· provide a forum for debate and discussion on the emerging trends and controversial issues related to critical multicultural and diversity topics in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
· promote an active engagement with transnational, regional, and local communities, especially indigenous local community and their respective health and mental health groups, organizations and institutions to facilitate and support relevant research that will foster health and wellness.
· deepen an understanding of multiculturalism, plurality and diversity, amongst them to managing the tension between sameness and difference in clinical work so that cultural competency, ethnic sensitive interventions, and relevant treatments in mental health will be undertaken ethically within a human rights framework.
· research issues that are relevant to a post-Apartheid society, such as individual and collective trauma, cross-cultural and racial identities, fear of the other, multicultural relationships, etc.
· disseminate research findings through relevant mechanisms (such as scholarly and community based forums) for the purpose of supporting, encouraging and influencing advocacy and policy on health and mental health.
Relationship with OISE/ University of Toronto
The CDCP Centre at the University of the Western Cape will be a ‘sister’ centre of the CDCP Centre at OISE/ University of Toronto. While the aim is to foster collaboration and networking on research related to critical multicultural and diversity issues in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy the CDCP Centre at the University of the Western Cape will retain its independence in terms of its management, funding and research endeavours.
The University of Toronto and the University of the Western Cape MOU will offer a broad and general framework within which research and faculty collaboration will be undertaken between the two Centres.