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 attitudes 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. The operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association.
About AMCD History
Several important articles chronicle the formation and growth of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and its journal, the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD). These articles highlight the need for multiculturalism in the counseling profession and the role of AMCD in promoting diversity and inclusivity.
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 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 that 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 to treatment, advancement, qualifications, and status for 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.