In 2006, the "Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity" was endorsed by the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, and the Society for Counseling Psychology (CCPTP, ACCTA, and SCP, 2009). The Values Statement articulates expectations for trainees, trainers, and the training environment intended to foster the development of trainees' competences to provide services to individuals who represent a challenge to trainees' worldviews. As the courts and state legislatures move in the direction of dictating training for psychologists, we make the case that a training statement akin to the originally published Values Statement has tremendous utility in today's climate. To illustrate its utility, examples of how it has been used in counseling psychology academic training programs are provided. We argue that professional psychology is in danger of losing its professional autonomy in regard to setting standards for the profession and the academic freedom to determine the appropriate training for our students. We recommend (a) clarifying ethical mandates regarding working with demographically diverse clients; (b) defining the professional competencies that emanate from these ethical mandates; and (c) adopting a uniform training statement that is applicable to all of professional psychology.
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