Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 462–473 | Cite as

Development of the Multicultural Therapy Competency Inventory-Client Version

  • Elise M. Cole
  • Fred Piercy
  • Edward W. Wolfe
  • Jamie M. West
Original paper


This study reports the development of a thirty-two item instrument to assess clients’ perceptions of their therapists’ multicultural competence that can be used in couple, family and individual therapy. This instrument was developed through three phases: item generation and theme development, client feedback and evaluation of interrater reliability, and pilot and validity testing. We used Winsteps (Linacre in Winsteps Computer Program Version 3.21. MESA Press, Chicago, 2001) software to scale the measurement data to the Rasch Rating Scale Model, and evaluate the dimensionality, rating scale use, item fit, person fit, reliability and precision. We also created norms to interpret the measure. Preliminary data support the reliability and validity of the Multicultural Therapy Competency Inventory-Client Version (MTCI-CV). Additionally, we found that positive client perceptions of therapist cultural competence (on the MTCI-CV) significantly contribute to the probability of clients expressing satisfaction and goal attainment in therapy.


Multicultural therapy competence Instrument development Cultural sensitivity Cultural competence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elise M. Cole
    • 1
  • Fred Piercy
    • 2
  • Edward W. Wolfe
    • 3
  • Jamie M. West
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentCalifornia State UniversityChicoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human DevelopmentVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Pearson Assessment and Information GroupIowa CityUSA

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