A critical race inquiry into the training experiences of early career professionals who identify as black women in counseling psychology
Moxley, Reisha Ernestine
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This critical-race grounded theory study examined the process of multicultural competence development for early career counseling psychologists who identified as Black women and trained in predominantly White institutions or programs. The critical analytical lens utilized in this study informed the formation of a learner-based theory for development of multicultural competence. The Process of Development of Multicultural Competence for Black Women in Predominantly White Training Institutions or Programs involves one external event and five internal steps. These are: (1) an Awareness of Subjectivities, Pre-Encounter Expectations of Study in Counseling Psychology (2) an Assessment of Safety, a Confrontation of Biases (3) Accommodation of New Information (4) Adjustment of Subjectivities and, finally (5) an Adoption of an Aspirational View of Multicultural Competence. This process of development and implications for training and research in counseling psychology are discussed.