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date: 30 September 2020

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A Contextual Perspective on Professional Training is a broad introductory chapter on culture and diversity bearing on education and training in psychology. The chapter begins by defining culture and context within psychology; reviews the history of multicultural education and training in psychology; introduces two continua on which to describe target and oppression statuses; briefly describes privilege and oppression; and discusses intersections of identity that should be considered by psychology trainees using an example of a supervisor, trainee, and client. The chapter concludes with suggested future directions, including a continued focus on understanding complex identities (especially among and between supervisors, supervisees, and clients), expanding the Individual and Cultural Diversity competency training sequence and integrating it with the other benchmark competencies, recommending research into evidence-based practice related to individual and cultural diversity, and highlighting the importance of including social justice and advocacy efforts in education and training.

Keywords: culture, context, diversity, multicultural, psychology, education, training, privilege, oppression

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