For many, the negotiating process begins while in graduate training programs. While some state that we have made progress in incorporating multicultural issues in training programs, others continue to argue that training programs do not adequately prepare psychologists to address ethical dilemmas within a multicultural framework, rendering their graduates culturally incapable of negotiating cross-cultural encounters therapeutically. Moreover, what appears to be more debatable in this discourse is our “standard of care” within a multicultural framework. While mandates should not have to be the answer to culturally responsive practice, some in the profession are left wondering when our desire to situate the need to be culturally responsive first and foremost will supersede our desire to be clinically responsive. Our minimum standard of competence is insufficient, if not culturally insensitive at times. It is not enough for practicing psychologists to simply “follow” the ethics codes by meeting the minimum standards of care. The argument in this article is that if we begin with a cultural framework at the outset, the lens by which we view our ethics codes, and minimum standards, also evolves to more accurately reflect the cultural realities inherent in our services.
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