Multicultural Consultation Team


What is Multicultural Consultation Team (MCT)?

We are a community of mental health clinicians dedicated to fostering an intentionally inclusive space designed to focus on discussing and respecting multicultural values in a clinical setting.

We value each individual’s perspective and hope to cultivate an opportunity for learning through respectfully challenging and growing with one another. We are committed to providing high-quality mental health care that is multiculturally conscious and responsive.

MCT was initially developed at Duke University by Dr. Gaby Nagy, PhD in 2016. Click here to read a peer-reviewed paper on the development of the team and how being a part of MCT resulted in improving the clinician-client relationship and clients’ treatment adherence.

When and Where Does The MCT Meet?

Zoom virtual monthly lunch meetings on the 1st Friday of each month 12:00-1:00PM. Commitment is a valued element in joining this team.

What Is The Purpose of The MCT?

Our mission is to cultivate a community of providers who are passionate about providing mental health care that ensures multicultural respect and maintains standards of excellence.

Multicultural peer-consultation meetings address the clinical consultation needs of team members. Team members provide validation, resources, alternative perspectives, and problem-solving, as needed.

Who Facilitates MCT?

The goal of our MCT is to emphasize the team leadership present, which means that all members of MCT are generally consulted in decision making.

There are facilitators who assist in guiding this process and currently, Changewell’s Multicultral Consutlation Team is facilitated by Aliya Saulson, LCSW and Dr. Emily Soukhanouvong, PsyD.

Principles and Guidelines for MCT

Here is a list of principles/guidelines that guide our MCT discussion and team. These agreements were agreed upon by our MCT at our September 2022 conception meeting.

1. Dialectical Agreement. We agree to balance being gentle with ourselves and colleagues, while also helping each other identify uninformed areas. We agree to not hold on to one position as presumed fact, but rather as personal perspectives nuanced by our learning history and contexts.

2. Phenomenological Empathy Agreement. We agree to be mindful of assumptions we may make about our clients. We will strive to use non-judgmental and non-pejorative language when discussing clients’ or each other’s culture (see domains under Diversity Agreement). We strive to not over- or under-pathologize behaviors, belief systems, or practices that may have a cultural basis.

3. Fallibility Agreement. We understand that we are humans existing in contexts shaped by our culture. To that end, we agree to strive to have a deeper understanding of our clients’ behaviors, belief systems, or practices and see the validity in them. We will aim to not hold our perspectives as presumed fact, but rather as an alternative viewpoint.

4. Continuous Growth Agreement. We acknowledge we can never fully achieve cultural competence, as it is an aspirational goal. Instead, we will strive towards continuously growing in this area.

5. Safe Space Agreement. We agree to create a space that is safe and explorative. Doing so will allow us to feel safe in sharing our backgrounds and challenges, which in turn will help us have productive consultation.

6. Diversity Agreement. We strive to be inclusive in our conceptualization of diversity, such that it will encompass, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, SES, ability, spirituality/religion, nutrition, rituals/traditions, ideologies, communication, family structure/roles, and health-care practitioners/practices.

7. Attendance Agreement. We aim to attend 60-70% of MCT meetings (~8 meetings/year) to assist in creating a space of psychological safety.

Our meetings are a combination of consultation, didactics, and anti-racism efforts. We do have everybody complete an attestation form for confidentiality purposes which is a required form to participate in MCT consultation together.

If the above aligns with your personal and professional goals, we’d love to have you join us! If you are interested in joining MCT or have any questions, please let Aliya or Emily know at and


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