The following section will highlight a few of these elements and provide examples of how they are implemented throughout the various CACTC sites.
Throughout CACTC, the application of a community-based perspective can be seen by how the agencies are located in specific communities where mental needs have been identified and work to partner with those in the community to provide services specific to those needs (i.
Given this, CACTC sites such as Center for Rural Psychology and Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago provide school-based groups in order to meet the needs of those who may be at-risk or to help prevent future disruptions emotionally or academically for the children served.
Furthermore, CACTC interns engage in church-based consultation and collaboration where they work with area churches on developing programs targeting key areas of mental and spiritual health.
Rather, interns at CACTC are encouraged to utilize a strengths-based perspective, which identifies the existing resources, competencies and resiliencies of their clients and communities in which they reside.
CACTC interns are encouraged to expand their cultural perspectives by engaging in work with persons different from themselves, learning from others and stretching their perceptions of traditional service provision.
Some CACTC interns over the past few years have also been involved in collaborative research examining the construct of cultural competence and discovering what training methods are being employed in graduate programs and internships across the country in order to increase these competencies.
On an interpersonal level, examples of advocacy or empowerment can be seen at CACTC sites where lay leaders are utilized.
In the past, CACTC interns have engaged in opportunities for more in-depth, cross-cultural relationships through the Culture and Ethnic Studies Initiative (CESI), an ethnically diverse group of students and staff who explore issues of race/ethnicity in order to increase personal and group awareness through dialogue regarding issues of culture, specifically race and ethnicity.
CACTC prepares future psychologists to work with underserved clients and communities through a range of training experiences and opportunities from a distinctly Christian perspective.