National Institute for Multicultural Competence

The National Institute for Multicultural Competence (NIMC)

There was growing dissatisfaction with the lack of movement and development of the Association for multicultural counseling and development during the late 1980s and early 1990s. As a result of this dissatisfaction, which was fueled by the recognition of the failure to more fully realize potential that the multicultural counseling and advocacy movement had to transform the mental health professions in general and the American counseling Association in particular, a special meeting was convened in April 1993 during the annual ACA conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Although formal invitations were sent to 35 persons, who self-identified as allies of the multicultural counseling movement, over 120 people attended this historic meeting. The primary purpose of this meeting was to discuss ways in which the multicultural counseling movement could gain greater success as a transformational entity within the mental health professions in general and ACA in particular. It was specifically designed to complement and expand the work of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) that appeared to many persons as being in a stage of stagnation.

During this meeting several committees were established that focused on specific actions that the participants believed were important to address at that critical time in the development of the multicultural counseling movement. Building on the success of this meeting, a new group was formed to complement and expand the work and mission of the AMCD. Although this new group was initially referred to as the National Multicultural Ad Hoc Committee, it was later renamed and is currently referred to as the National Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Development (NIMC).

The energy that was manifested by the NIMC was largely fueled by the well-respected practitioners, activists, and scholars who work tirelessly to develop and implement numerous national campaigns that were designed to secure formal endorsement of the multicultural counseling competencies in professional training programs and national counseling and psychology organizations across the United States. The founders and board members of the NIMC included such notable leaders in the multicultural counseling movement as: Dr. Patricia Arredondo, Dr. Mary Bradford Ivey, Dr. Michael D’Andrea, Dr. Judy Daniels, Dr. Allen Ivey, Dr. Don C Locke, Dr. Beverly O’Bryant, and Dr. Thomas Parham.

Over the past 22 years, the NIMC developed and implement numerous interventions and organizational development initiative that energized the multicultural counseling and advocacy movement in the United States.

This section of the Social Justice Creations website includes numerous resources and descriptions of successful interventions that were utilized by the NIMC to not only promote the multicultural counseling movement, but to help create and build the social justice counseling and advocacy movement that has gained much strength over the past 10 years in the fields of counseling and psychology.

It is hoped that you will find these resources not only useful in expanding your knowledge of the historical development of the multicultural counseling and the social justice counseling and advocacy movements, but to also stimulate the thinking of interested persons who are looking for ways to help strengthen the multicultural counseling and social justice advocacy movements in the mental health professions as well as in our society at large. Please feel free to disseminate the resources that are provided in this section of the website to other persons who are interested in promoting these movements in their own ways.

Dr. Michael D’Andrea

President of the Social Justice Creations Website


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NIMC Case Study Research