Diversity and Training Values Statement

The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute ("The School”) is dedicated to promoting and infusing diversity into every facet of the learning experience including academic and clinical practice settings. Diversity is defined as variety in group presence and interactions. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, age, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and body type. Forest students will have opportunities to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings that promote and provide necessary exposure to diverse populations and issues. In addition, student organizations embracing human diversity flourish within the Forest community. The School recognizes the importance of multicultural awareness and competence in the provision of professional service and strives to develop entry-level practitioners who are prepared to meet the progressive needs of a global and dynamic society.

The School expects that all members of the Forest community will strive to learn from each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect while promoting a safe, trusting, and accepting environment. It is also expected that all members of the community be supportive and respectful of all individuals,including, but not limited to, clients, staff, peers, administrators and faculty who are different than themselves in age, gender, gender identity, body size, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin,religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

While it is likely that students will have a range of attitudes and values related to controversial topics, enrollment in Forest is seen as a commitment to the social value of respect for diversity and a willingness to examine values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in the light of available scientific data and standards of the profession. We understand students will not enter our programs free from bias. However, successful completion of our programs requires a willingness to engage in self-disclosure,self-reflection, and introspection, as well as an attempt to resolve or eliminate attitudes, beliefs,and behaviors that could have a potential negative impact on the ability to perform the functions of a mental health professional in accordance with the highest standards and principals of professional practice and ethics.