Thomas Kui Receives Leadership Award

Providing Culturally Sensitive Clinical Care to Patients of Diverse Backgrounds

Thomas KuiThomas Kui, a third-year doctoral candidate in the School-Clinical Combined PsyD program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, was selected as a fellow for the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) Leadership Education to Advance Diversity (LEAD) Institute.

His acceptance letter noted that his application “clearly captured the essence of leadership we aspire to foster in SCCAP,” and he attended the LEAD Institute this past February, where he learned about leadership in the community, cultural sensitivity in practice, tips on publishing and engaging in media psychology.

“I am currently a research assistant at Dr. Tracy Prout’s psychodynamic play lab, with a primary focus on Regulation-Focused Parent Groups (RFPGs), an expansion of Regulation-Focused Psychotherapy for Children (RFP-C). RFP-C is an original psychotherapeutic treatment designed by Dr. Prout and two psychiatrists to support families of children with disruptive behaviors by helping families understand that there is meaning behind the actions.

“At the LEAD Institute, I learned valuable lessons in providing culturally-sensitive clinical care to patients of diverse backgrounds and the nuances of being a clinician as a member of a minority. Psychologists and researchers shared their experiences publishing journal articles and provided efficient strategies, such as how to successfully collaborate with other researchers and navigating the institutional review board process. In addition, the LEAD Institute provided me with exceptional networking and mentoring opportunities by surrounding me with other psychologists-in-training and early career psychologists who were willing to support me in my own journey to becoming a psychologist.”