It is essential that psychology be inclusive to MENA Americans and this includes the education and training of psychologists. Over the past few decades, most education and training programs have started to incorporate curriculum on diverse ethnic populations and this has led to an increase in proficiency in understanding race, ethnicity and culture. Unfortunately, MENA Americans have often been left out of these curriculum changes due to the lack of quality and easily accessed resources on these populations. We hope to enhance diversity curriculum by creating and disseminating quality materials that could be integrated into relevant courses, training experiences (e.g., practicum, externships, internships, and postdoctoral), and continuing education requirements.
The goals of this section are to:
- Increase the number of MENA American psychologists. MENA American psychologists are significantly underrepresented in the field of psychology and our hope is to encourage talented individuals who can make a positive contribution to the field of psychology. AMENA-Psy encourages MENA individuals who are undergraduate students and masters level graduate students to continue their education at the doctoral level so that they can become psychologists.
- To create and disseminate culturally appropriate educational materials on MENA populations for psychology training programs that can be integrated into relevant psychology courses, training experiences (e.g., practicum, externships, internships, and postdoctoral), and continuing education materials.
- To provide public awareness and education about the psychological health, needs, and strengths of MENA Americans living in the United States.