Cultural Diversity Resource Center

Last updated May 2024

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  Engaging The Next Generation of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists   Download the Diversity and Culture Committee Flyer  


Joint Statement on Improving Health through DEI from Leading Health Care and Medical Associations (March 27, 2024)

  • Seven leading healthcare organizations have released a joint position statement encouraging racial diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all areas of healthcare, including regulatory boards, the workforce, education, and patient care. Ensuring DEI among healthcare leadership is key to enhancing professional opportunities and health outcomes for people of all backgrounds. Leaders and practitioners must understand the issues that affect the population they serve in order to effectively serve them.


Culture and Diversity for Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists Resource Center Image The United States and its ever-changing cultural landscape shape the way we experience diversity. Cultural values and beliefs not only affect our daily activities and functions, but also influence the way we perceive physical and emotional distress and interventions to deal with them. Mental illness is perceived differently by various cultures, as is the ability to express certain symptoms. Some cultures have stigmatized mental illness, making it difficult for families and individuals to seek resources and interventions commonly used in western societies. Due to this, some cultures rely on alternative interventions in treating common mental health disorders. Emotional distress and mental health problems occur in all socio-cultural backgrounds. This information is intended to raise awareness of diversity issues and to assist a clinician with integrating them into their practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is diversity and culture?
  2. Why is diversity and culture important?
  3. How do a family's culture and values affect their child's mental health?
  4. How does a mental health professionals' culture and value system affect a child's treatment?

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AACAP Caucuses

AACAP’s Caucus groups provide a forum for AACAP members within their own racial/ethnic groups to network and collaborate on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)-focused initiatives. Activities include providing affinity-based mentorship, convening in safe spaces to discuss identity-focused challenges specific to their workplaces and communities, and work on programming, advocacy activities, and publications to highlight topics of shared interest within the cohorts. There are four AACAP Caucuses: Asian Caucus; Black Caucus; Hispanic/Latinx Caucus; International Medical Graduate Caucus. These groups meet at varying times throughout the year. If you wish to receive notifications of upcoming Caucus events, share your information via the Diversity and Culture Committee Special Interest Group Sign-up form.  

List of AACAP Components which includes the Committee Chairs and Staff Liaison Information.

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AACAP Awards

External Award Opportunities

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CAPturing Resources

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Clinical Guidelines

Practice Parameters: AACAP's Practice Parameters were developed by a group of experts on the topic to guide clinical decision making.

AACAP's Practice Parameter for Cultural Competence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Practice

Video Clips

Mental Health: A Guide for African American and their Families

Mental Health: A Guide for Latinos and their Families

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Training and Education

Diversity and Culture Curriculum 

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Developed by the Diversity and Cultural Committee, this curriculum was designed for training Child & Adolescent Psychiatric trainees in Diversity and Cultural Competency. Such training is considered essential as our patient population will continue to be diverse. Providing a framework for training programs as well as well as assessing the trainee’s progress is necessary. The proposed curriculum will guide training directors and faculty, so they may develop an individualized curriculum for their programs while adhering to the ACGME required milestones. The curriculum includes core requirements for all trainees and elective modules that training directors can tailor based on populations that they serve. 

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Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals [FREE online course]

Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Learn how to better respect and respond to your client's unique needs in this free, online training. Cultural and linguistic competency is recognized as an important strategy for improving the quality of care provided to clients from diverse backgrounds. The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.

  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2019
  • Last Date of Review: March 1, 2021
  • Expiration Date: March 31, 2025

Estimated Time to Complete this Activity: 5.0 hours

AACAP Online CME DEI Courses

Advancing Anti-Racism and Social Justice Action

Earn up to 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.
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Racism, Injustice, and Inequities

Earn up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits™.
Learn more

ASHP Basic Research Tools and Resources

Asylum Medicine Resources

The Best Research Databases for Healthcare and Medicine (Paperpile)

Diversity in research: How to Improve Representation in Clinical Trials (Medical Economics)

Mental Health Assessment Tools for Built Environment Research (Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health)

Reaching Better Behavioral Health Outcomes with Mental Health Tools (Proem Behavioral Health)

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How to Do CAP Research Workshop Series: A DEI Initiative

The “How to do CAP research: A DEI initiative” workshop series, sponsored by AACAP’s Abramson Fund, aims to support individuals at all career stages interested in CAP research, and to foster the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles in research endeavors.

Resource Libraries

AACAP has created Resource Libraries for parents, patients, and clinicians to help with the impact of relevant culture and diversity issues.


Diversity and Culture Focused Publications








[Note: Individuals with names in bold font are either Diversity and Culture Committee members, or AACAP Caucus members.]

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 Warren Ng, MD Presidential Address - AACAP 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting - Karl Menninger, MD, Plenary

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Books, Media, & Related Material

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Additional Professional Resources

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I. Research

Acculturation, development, and adaptation
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
October 2010 – Volume 19 – issue 4 – pp 681-696

Culture and development in children and youth
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
October 2010 – Volume 19 – issue 4 – pp 661-680

'Our community is the worst': the influence of cultural beliefs on stigma, relationships with family and help-seeking in three ethnic communities in London.
Int J Soc Psychiatry
Sept. 2013 – Volume 59 – issue 6 – pp 535-544

The Muslim child, adolescent, and family
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
January 2004 – Volume 13 – issue 1 – pp 183-200

Language, culture, and adaptation in immigrant children
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
January 2010 – Volume 19 – issue 4 – pp 697-717

Leaving No Children or Families outside: The Challenges of Immigration
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
2010 - Volume 80 - Issue 4 - pp 505-515

Mental Health of Immigrants and Refugees
Community Mental Health Journal
October 2005 - Volume 41 – Issue 5 – pp 581-597

II. Training

Culturally informed child psychiatry practice
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
October 2010 – Volume 19 – issue 4 – pp 759-774

Training child and adolescent psychiatrists to be culturally competent
Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am.
October 2010 – Volume 19 – issue 4 – pp 815-831

III. Curriculum

Diversity and Culture competency Curriculum for child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training (AACAP)

A Four-Year Model Curriculum on Culture, gender, LGBT, Religion, and Spirituality for General Psychiatry (Residency Training Programs in the United States)

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Other Related Topics

Disparities in Mental Health Care

Immigration and Refugees

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