My guests on today’s episode are Craig Frisby and Joshua D. Phillips.

Craig Frisby is co-editor, with William O’Donohue, of a new book, Cultural Competence in Applied Psychology: An Evaluation of Current Status and Future Directions.  The book takes a critical look at what professionals in the fields of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology refer to as cultural competence, also referred to as cultural sensitivity or multicultural competence. Josh Phillips is the author of a chapter in the book titled The Culture of Poverty: On Individual Choices and Infantilizing Bureaucracies.

Sean Stevens, our research director, has a chapter in the book titled Cultural Competence: A Form of Stereotype Rationality. The chapter is coauthored with Lee Jussim (Rutgers), Lillian Stevens (NYU), and Stephanie Anglin (Carnegie Mellon).

Craig Frisby is a professor in the college of education at the University of Missouri, and author of Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students. Josh Phillips’s background is in rhetoric and communications, and he is author of Homeless: Narratives from the Streets. He’s a professor in the Communication Arts and Sciences department at Penn State Brandywine.


1:07 Multicultural competence is an impressionistic term
7:30 How should students be introduced to cultural competence?
12:18 Josh’s “controversial” research on poverty and homelessness
18:20 Too much attention to race without class
21:30 No attention to individual traits and human universals
27:40 The template of victims and victimizers
32:00 Evidence of student self-censoring unorthodox opinions


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