On Saturday, October 11, the Multicultural Research and Training Lab (MRTL) invited doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology to participate in its biennial conference designed to facilitate scholarly dialogue, collaboration, and professional networking among students committed to multicultural issues in psychology. The free one-day conference was held at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.
The theme was “Multicultural Perspectives on Wellness: Thriving in Connection” and featured Shelly Harrell, PhD, professor of psychology and Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, associate professor of psychology, as keynote speakers. The conference planning committee also organized panels of two to three doctoral students from different clinical/counseling psychology programs around a topical theme such as well-being, positive psychology, psychological/social resilience, strengths-based interventions and self-care. MRTL was organized by faculty members from the Psychology Division to provide PsyD students engaged in multicultural research a space to discuss and receive feedback on their clinical dissertation topics, as well as engage in discourse on the clinical implications of their work.
In addition to offering dissertation support, MRTL provides students the opportunity to discuss their views on how effectively the PsyD program contributes to their multicultural competence, and the ways in which GSEP can offer a more welcoming experience for students from diverse backgrounds.
Lab meetings are scheduled from 12:30–1:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month.