LAMCD

Louisiana Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

The Louisiana Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding and to advance education opportunities for non-white minorities. LAMCD seeks to promote a greater understanding of diverse populations among members of the counseling and development professions.

Did you enjoy kaleidoscopes as a child?   On the other hand, do you feel society is like a kaleidoscope?  If you look at society through a kaleidoscopic lens, and you admire looking at and understanding a diversity of images, the Louisiana Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (LAMCD) is the one division of the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) that focuses on differences that are prevalent within our counseling context.

The LAMCD focuses on multicultural factors and demographics such as the following:  gender, race, sex, class, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation, and disabilities.  However, media messages and portrayals in society serve as major catalysts that influence illness, and most importantly to us, mental health care. Furthermore, when it comes to our global context, conflicts such as stereotyping, stigmatization, segregation, and socialization can engender a vast amount of negative effects upon society, and this can be psychologically detrimental towards an individual because he or she will feel like a pariah of society because they are different.

The LAMCD comprehends that there are many stigmas and misconceptions that are held about individuals of different multicultural backgrounds.  In addition, power struggles, corruption, social order, and labeling creates further pessimism for culturally diverse individuals, and this becomes highly prevalent within society. Nevertheless, if a distinct approach is not manifested to understand these problems and the differences that are at hand, it creates an infringement upon society. Not all cultural backgrounds conform to society’s definition of normal.  Consequently, when it comes to counseling, it is dire to convey this message to others, and that is what the LAMCD strongly manifests.

The LAMCD fervently has a desire to abate the cynicism and judgmentalism that has been molded into today’s society.  Our division strongly discerns that all cultures are entitled to change, fairness, contentment, and opportunities for growth.  Overall, the LAMCD’s mission is to magnify and embody the importance of differences in a counseling milieu.      
 
 Dues: Professional $10.00; Student $5.00