About CDCP-Bangalore

The Center for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (CDCP) – Bangalore, was formed on 2nd June, 2010. The center was formed in collaboration between, the Principal, Sampurna Montfort College, Rev. Dr. Mathew Panathanath and the Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Prof. Jane Gaskell. However the liaison between Sampurna Montfort College and OISE dates back several years.

The 1st International Conference on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness (ICCP) organized in 2008 was also an outcome of this liaison. The formation of CDCP Bangalore is a reflection of the aspiration for continued cooperation to facilitate contributions to the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Background of CDCP:

The Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Toronto) is an interdisciplinary center, dedicated to research and development of multicultural and diversity issues in counselling and psychotherapy, focusing particularly on the stigmatized social identities of gender, race, sexual orientations, class, disabilities, religion, and age. A key objective of the centre is to promote research on integration of various marginalized identities. Theorists and researchers of counselling and psychotherapy are encouraged to conduct their work through a paradigm of multiple identities irrespective of their particular approaches. Another objective is to increase collaboration with community health and counselling organizations. This collaboration aims to facilitate dissemination of research to practitioners working in the field.

One way in which the centre in Toronto has achieved this objective has been through the annual Critical Multicultural Counselling Conference at which researchers and community practitioners address key critical issues on the themes of diversity and multiculturalism.