BEA Virtual Working Group on Restrictions Affecting Diversity Training in Graduate Education

In August 2011, the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) authorized the formation of a virtual working group on restrictions affecting diversity training in graduate education in response to legislation passed or introduced in states that may impact diversity training in professional psychology.

The working group has been meeting via conference call biweekly since December 2011 and is currently finalizing a pedagogical statement articulating the importance of training to effectively serve a diverse public. This statement, along with any additional work group products, will be forwarded to BEA at its November 2012 meeting for consideration.

The BEA Virtual Working Group on Restrictions Affecting Diversity Training in Graduate Education is charged to prepare informative materials for education and training program administrators, faculty and prospective and current students, as well as for state psychological associations and the general public, addressing the potential impact of legislative provisions or court rulings on diversity training in graduate education. It also provides recommendations regarding related issues that need to be addressed.

The working group is focusing on the following products:

  • Articulation of pedagogical reasons why we are committed to training to work with diverse clients. 

  • Preparation of materials to inform programs re these issues and how to prepare/handle. 

  • Summary in format that can be used for advocacy. 

  • Recommendations regarding what other issues APA should address and how. 

Working Group Members

Linda Forrest, PhD (Chair)
Kathleen Bieschke, PhD
Bonita Cade, PhD
Jessye Cohen-Filipic, MS
Linda Demaine, PhD
Louise Douce, PhD
Beverly Greene, PhD
William Hathaway, PhD
Judith Kovach, PhD
Erica Wise, PhD
Tammy Hughes, PhD (BEA liaison)