The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds.
AMCD is charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. It encourages changing attitude and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity. Provisions are made for in-service and pre-service training for members and for others in the profession. Efforts are made to strengthen members professionally and enhance their ability to serve as behavioral change agents. Operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association.
The mission of the organization, from its inception is to:
- Recognize the human diversity and multicultural nature of our society;
- To enhance the development, human rights and the psychological health of ethnic/racial populations and all people as critical to the social, educational, political, professional and personal reform in the United States and globally;
- To identify and work to eliminate conditions which create barriers to the individual development of marginalized populations;
- To develop, implement and/or foster interest in charitable, scientific and educational programs designed to further the interests of marginalized populations;
- To secure equality and access of treatment, advancement, qualifications and status individuals and families in counseling, wellness and mental health work;
- To publish a journal and other scientific educational and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of all who work in providing counseling, wellness and mental health.
Message from the President
July 1, 2019
Dear AMCD Members!
Welcome to a new and exciting year for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)! On July 1, 2019, we entered the month that has been designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. As Mental Health America (2019) reports, “July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (U.S.). It also has been reported, “that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency department, and more likely to receive lower quality care” (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2017).
Also, on July 1, 2019, I entered my second presidential year as the sitting President for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) started! I am humbled and honored to represent an organization that “seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding,” something that is needed to assist with bringing awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness as well as total health and wellness. As President, my goal is to bring a diverse group of individuals who can work together as a team for a common cause and uphold the vision, mission and goals of AMCD that includes:
- Recognizing the human diversity and multicultural nature of our society;
- Enhancing the development, human rights, and the psychological health of ethnic/racial populations and all people as critical to the social, educational, political, professional, and personal reform in the United States and globally;
- Identifying and working to eliminate conditions which create barriers to the individual development of marginalized populations;
- Developing, implementing and/or fostering interest in charitable, scientific and educational programs designed to further the interests of marginalized populations;
- Securing equality and access of treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status of individuals and families in counseling, wellness, and mental health work;
- Publishing a journal and other scientific educational and professional materials with the purpose of raising the standards of all who work in providing counseling, wellness, and mental health. (In speaking with Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji on June 21, 2019, the Journal for Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) now has an impact factor of 1.402. JMCD has the highest journal impact factor of all counseling journals for the first time. Congratulations to Dr. West-Olatunji and the JMCD Editorial Board!).
My Presidency is framed around the Ghanaian word Sankofa, that teaches, “to always remember the past for therein lies the future.” My past professional experiences include serving as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics as well as the secretary of the organization as a whole where I was mentored by then President, Dr. Ronald G. Brown. In 2006, I collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network under then American Counseling Association’s President, Dr. Patricia Arredondo. Additionally, I have served as the President of the Pennsylvania College Counseling Association (PACCA) (2008), the North Atlantic Regional Representative for AMCD (2009) under then AMCD President, Dr. Francene Haymon, and served as the President of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) (2010). Previously, I served as the AMCD Newsletter Editor under then AMCD President, Dr. Michael Brooks (2013), and Chair of the AMCD Mentoring Program under then AMCD Presidents, Drs. Kimberly Frazier and Diane Estrada (2014-17).
These rich opportunities to serve and advocate for culturally diverse populations would not have been possible without the individuals and leaders who saw something in me and provided effective mentorship. My mentors were empathic, non-stop advocates, trustworthy, optimistic, and role models who positively held me to high expectations as their mentee (Petitpas, 2018). After completing my Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University in 2005, one of my mentors, charged me to pay it forward; to mentor those coming up behind me through support, guidance, wisdom, and knowledge that she herself had provided me. As AMCD President, it’s important for me to continue mentoring the next generation; to encourage our membership and future leaders to aspire to the goals, values, and beliefs of AMCD that we have been advocating and modeling for the past 49 years.
My theme for 2019-2020 is Mentorship Through the Lens of Multiculturalism and Social Justice. As part of my presidential year, I will offer 10 webinars that focus on mentorship within the scope of CACREP’s five doctoral core areas. These core areas counseling, supervision, teaching, research and scholarship, and leadership and advocacy. Building off of the AMCD Summit in Orlando, I would like to model NBCC’s Virtual Summit and offer an innovative online continuing education conference.
Furthermore, as President, my goals include revitalizing the Inter-Division Committee to bridge the gap between other divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and AMCD. This committee is charged with strengthening our relationships with liaisons in other ACA Divisions as well as promoting program development.
As you can see we have a busy and exciting year planned. Dr. Heather Trepal, the 68th President of the American Counseling Association “challenged us to look at how we develop, promote, and advance the counseling profession.” I will extend the challenge to also include mentoring through the lens of multiculturalism and social justice.
I look forward to serving each of you and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development as the 2019-2020 President!
Taunya M. Tinsley, Ph.D., D. Min, NCC, LPC
Taunya M. Tinsley, Ph.D., D.Min., NCC, LPC
President, AMCD 2019-2020