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Training to treat a multicultural client base is essential, according to Martin R. Pierre, Ph.D., a Brandeis University staff psychologist who serves on the MPA board of directors.

Demand exists for multicultural care

By Phyllis Hanlon

After Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which created the Federal Refugee Resettlement Program, three million refugees came to this country. Additionally, 43.3 million immigrants were settled in the U.S. in 2015, according to American Community Survey data. This influx of individuals from other countries is creating awareness within the psychological community for a broader understanding of diverse needs and how to deliver appropriate and effective mental health care. Martin R. Pierre, Ph.D., member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association board of directors, co-chair of its Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, and staff psychologist at the Brandeis University Counseling Center, [More]