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Committee Members

Scott Fraser (Committee Member), Cheryl Meyer (Committee Member), Leon Vandecreek (Committee Chair)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


The evaluation of candidates to Catholic seminaries prior to their admission is not an uncommon practice. However, in the past 40-50 years psychologists have played a vital role by adding psychological measures and their clinical perspectives to this evaluative process. Although these psychological evaluations have gathered insightful information that has better informed individuals in making a choice about a candidate, recent research suggests that many of the psychologists conducting these evaluations have not taken measures to ensure cultural competencies within these evaluations. This project outlined the ethical obligation psychologists have in providing culturally competent evaluations to these applicants and seminaries. Suggestions and recommendations for these psychologists are provided to better ensure culturally competent clinical interviews and assessments are conducted in the future.

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Department or Program

School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons