Division of Counselling Psychology


Culture and Difference Within and Across Ethnic Minorities

The Division of Counselling Psychology recognises the significance of bringing awareness to Race, Culture and Difference. We appreciate the intersections for individuals, groups and communities. Hence, we have developed this document as a strategy to eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination.

This document allows us with your contribution to start to make a difference whether that be in a training setting, work setting or organisational setting. We will be bold, courageous and brave together to make sure voices are no longer silenced and/or silent and that above all racial and ethnic discrimination does not have a place in our profession or society.

Please refer to the Division of Counselling Psychology document detailing Culture and Difference within and across Ethnic Minorities.

BACPG's proposal to include race, culture and diversity as a core module in Counselling Psychology training

BACPG (Black and Asian Counselling Psychology Group) writes passionately about the aim of a race, culture and diversity module for Counselling Psychology training. They also explored how the module will look like from a theoretical, practical and research perspective.

The full document can be found here.

Research Articles

Cultural awareness in two Counselling Psychology settings: initial training and supervision

by: Martin, A., 2015,Cultural awareness in two Counselling Psychology settings: initial training and supervision, The European Journal of Counselling Psychology, Vol. 3(2), pp. 99-112, doi:10.5964/ejcop.v3i2.40

The issue of cultural awareness is inherent in every expression of social science. This paper addresses this topic in a Counselling Psychology context by presenting and discussing two separate questionnaires. Both were sent out to UK Counselling Psychologists between March and May 2013. The first on cultural awareness provision in training was sent to all 14 UK Counselling Psychology training institutions. The second questionnaire related to the experience of supervising or being supervised in the context of “cultural awareness”. This was sent to all 3000 BPS Division members. The purpose of the questionnaires was to find out about current practice, opinions, attitudes and perceived problems as they relate to cultural awareness. The questions in each case were usually multi-choice but responses that are outside of the categories offered were all included in the full results. The results of the training questionnaire indicated a varied coverage of the syllabi from being inherent in the philosophy of a training course, to being a specifically targeted area of teaching and learning. The chief problem in offering such teaching is lack of time on the syllabus. Experience of supervision was also very varied, and ranged from cultural issues being dealt with in great depth, to the experience of such issues being ignored. The discussion raises the key issues the responses pose and asks some of the questions that need answers from the whole psychological and wider community.


About CDEM Lead

Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano is a British Psychological Society chartered Counselling Psychologist and Associate Fellow. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and works in Private Practice. She has been a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology Executive Committee since 2013 when she began as Honorary Treasurer. In addition to this role she has also taken on the Lead role for Culture and Difference within and across Ethnic Minorities.

Yetunde is extremely passionate and vocal on issues around race, culture and difference. She is a mentor, visiting lecturer, clinical supervisor, external examiner on Counselling Psychology programmes, and an external examiner for Standard and Quality Assurance. She describes herself as an avid learner of what life has to teach.

(DCoP Treasurer and CDEM Lead)

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