Recommendations of the TF on Cultural and Ethnic Diversity (CED)

1) The whole field of CED continues to become more and more important, as evidenced by societal problems throughout Europe. It is important that psychologists become aware of these issues and take them into serious consideration in their work with clients, groups, communities and organizations.

2) Ongoing assessment of psychological measures and interventions is necessary in order to establish their sensitivity and successfulness in all fields of culturally diverse work.

3) The subject of intercultural competence should be made an integral part of the course work for BA, MA and doctoral programs for psychologists.

4) Psychologists who are working or wish to work in clinical psychology could use special training / education in intercultural competence in order to ethically and effectively work with clients of different cultural backgrounds from their own.

5) Labor and organizational psychologists working in the fields of personal development and organizational change must be qualified to apply, in their professional tasks, the knowledge based on cross-cultural and intercultural psychological research. Awareness needs to be raised that this knowledge is not only available, but necessary.

6) Psychologists working in the field of education and skills training need more profound knowledge about methodologies for intercultural learning and training, and about culturally diverse learning environments.

7) Those psychologists who are already knowledgeable about CED in their own field can offer this knowledge for use in other disciplines, including politics, to help address the more societal aspects of CED.

8) Potential students from migrant groups and ethnic minority backgrounds should be encouraged to study psychology and become specialized in intercultural issues (intercultural teams).