People of Color in Psychology
We are a show devoted to People of Color in Psychology. People of Color in Psychology is the podcast where mental health professionals gain insight to culturally relevant psychological practice and research. You’ll learn from mental health experts to help advance your personal and professional development. Here, we will have conversations with mental health experts from diverse backgrounds who will be sharing their personal journey and culturally relevant psychological practice and research.
Produced by The Multicultural Counseling Institute and your host, Dr. Jack Tsan, our goal is to promote pathways for mental health providers who are people of color to lead the national conversation in culturally-responsive care and training. My hope is that together we will be able to learn from each other and appreciate the importance of advancing the contributions of people of color in psychology.
September 22, 2023
Ep33 - Geneva Reynaga Abiko, PsyD
September 15, 2023
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Ep31 - Susan Chanderbhan, PhD
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Ep26 - James Wadley, PhD
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July 19, 2023
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions. However, CBT was originally developed in Western cultures with client populations mostly lacking in diversity. Thus, in order to provide equitable treatment, cultural adaptation of CBT (CaCBT) emerged. What components are adapted? What aim, frameworks, and models are considered in order to make a cultural adaptation? In this episode, we hear from Dr. Farooq Naeem, a pioneer in CaCBT.
July 12, 2023
When we think about inclusion, what does that really mean? Same is true when we think and talk about community. Who are we including or excluding? What would it be like to truly appreciate and celebrate all the unique holidays? How do we truly change and examine our own internalized racist ideas and positionality of Whiteness in our beliefs? In this episode, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman brings forth evocative ideas and practical steps in doing cross-cultural work.
June 29, 2023
Immigration evaluations are often misunderstood and most assume it pertains to only undocumented immigrants. Immigration psychological evaluations are essentially used to explain the mental health state of an individual in an immigration case, which can include the immigrant as well as their partners, depending on the referral question. Most evaluations will likely explore trauma and sometimes the immigrants who undergo these evaluations may not even recognize that they have undergone trauma and developed PTSD symptoms. How do we build upon our knowledge and remain culturally aware, especially among mental health professionals who work with clients who are immigrants?
June 22, 2023
In this episode, Dr. Andrew Choi, a 1.5-generation Korean American, speaks about his work and research on Asian Americans and LGBTQ populations. Dr. Choi discusses model minority racialization, content vs. function of stereotype, and implications on career. Additionally, Dr. Choi discusses some strategies and stance in helping clients examine their own oppression by taking a balanced ecological and affirming approach.
June 12, 2023
Fighting racism is an ongoing work. It plays out in how we measure and assess mental health symptoms to how we recruit students into graduate training programs. Are we intentional in thinking about ways to actively confront and change racist practices and structures? Standing and fighting against the racist status quo can come at a cost; however, the work is necessary. By not confronting racism, we perpetuate it. In this episode, Dr. Monnica Williams, an African American psychologist, speaks courageously about her work blending in issues of race in looking at OCD assessments, to student recruitment using methods we can all consider in the workplace, to the idea of speaking up and committing to this work.
I encourage listeners to please support anti-racism research, training and practice and the people who are doing this type of work.
Dr. Williams' Contact:
Website - https://www.monnicawilliams.com
To Donate to Research, donors must make a designation to Dr. Monnica Williams’ research fund - https://www.uottawa.ca/giving/donation-form
ResearchGate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Monnica-Williams
Research Articles of Note:
Williams, M. T., Faber, S. C., Nepton, A., & Ching, T. H. W. (2022). Racial justice allyship requires civil courage: A behavioral prescription for moral growth and change. American Psychologist, 78(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000940
Williams, M. T., Domanico, J., Marques, L., LeBlanc, N. J., & Turkheimer, E. (2012). Barriers to treatment among African Americans with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(4), 555–563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.02.009
Williams, M. T., Faber, S. C., & Duniya, C. (2022). Being an anti-racist clinician. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 15. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1754470x22000162
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June 5, 2023
Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depression (Hofmann & Gomez, 2017) and have even seen a growth in use and in publications (Zhang et al., 2021). However, it is unclear whether those implementing mindfulness-based interventions are culturally responsive that is to: a) differentiate between Buddhism’s Right Mindfulness vs secular Mindfulness; b) understanding and adapting mindfulness-based interventions to meet the needs of populations of color being treated; and c) recognizing potential harms especially when working with populations of color.
I will be hosting a soft launch webinar (1 CE credit) on Friday, July 28th, 2023 at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time.
Register at https://www.tmcinstitute.org/continuing-education
Dr. Tsan's Contact:
Website - https://www.drjacktsan.com/
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May 31, 2023
A common misconception about Asian Americans and their collectivistic culture is that enmeshment can be used to describe family interpersonal relationships. This perceived sense of enmeshment can sometimes be misunderstood by people from individualistic cultures. If we impose value systems of individualism and boundary setting, how might that impact the relationship with Asian American clients? Is there a way to explore boundaries with Asian American clients in a culturally responsive way? As part of our AAPI series in May, in this episode we hear from Dr. Korde who implements ACT-based strategies in working with clients from the AAPI community to explore boundaries in relationships.
Dr. Korde's Contact:
Website - https://www.humanpsychotherapy.com/
Research - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Runa-Korde
May 26, 2023
The model minority myth is a stereotype that portrays Asian Americans as being a successful and hardworking group of people who have overcome discrimination to achieve success. This myth is often used to minimize the role of racism in the lives of Asian Americans and to pit them against other racialized groups.
The model minority myth has a number of negative impacts on Asian Americans both psychologically and socio-politically. We need to work to dispel this myth and to create a more inclusive society where all people are treated equitably. As part of this AAPI episode, Jaki Yi will be sharing her research on the model minority myth and its negative effects on the AAPI community. Tune in to this important conversation.
Jaki Yi's Contact:
Yi, J., Neville, H. A., Todd, N. R., & Mekawi, Y. (2023). Ignoring race and denying racism: A meta-analysis of the associations between colorblind racial ideology, anti-Blackness, and other variables antithetical to racial justice. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(3), 258–275. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000618
Yi, J., La, R., Lee, B. A., & Saw, A. (2023). Internalization of the model minority myth and sociodemographic factors shaping Asians/Asian Americans' experiences of discrimination during COVID-19. American Journal of Community Psychology, 71, 123– 135. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12635
Yi, J., & Todd, N. R. (2021). Internalized model minority myth among Asian Americans: Links to anti-Black attitudes and opposition to affirmative action. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 27(4), 569–578. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000448
Ep16 - Ronda Reyna, PhD
May 22, 2023
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Ep12 - Neeta Ramkumar, PhD
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Ep3 - Natasha D'Arcangelo, MA
March 7, 2023
Mental health professionals saw an increase in people seeking mental health services during the pandemic. Due to the increased demand, it is likely that many mental health professionals at some point in time experienced compassion fatigue. For people of color especially, compassion fatigue hits even harder while trying to navigate one’s lived experiences, meanwhile also advocating for social justice work that can impact clients who are marginalized. In this episode, Natasha D'Arcangelo talks about her strategies at the macro and micro level to nurture her therapeutic relationship with clients that are marginalized and remain enriched in her work as a mental health professional to prevent compassion fatigue.
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/natasha-darcangelo
Forward-Facing(R) Professional Resilience: Prevention and Resolution of Burnout, Toxic Stress and Compassion Fatigue - By Eric Gentry and Jeffrey Dietz
February 24, 2023
OCD symptoms amongst African American clients may be misunderstood or undetected. In this episode, we explore how to better understand African American clients who experience OCD symptoms. Dr. Moore discusses her experience working with African American clients, unique OCD subtypes beyond just checking and cleaning, and how to maintain a culturally responsive presence in therapy.
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February 6, 2023
People of Color in Psychology is where mental health professionals gain insight to culturally relevant psychological practice and research. You’ll learn from mental health experts to help advance your personal and professional development. As people of color and mental health professionals, this podcast hopes to steer the conversation about psychological practice and science to be more inclusive. Equally important considerations include, how do we share each other’s unique experiences to help inform our personal and professional growth? How might we support and encourage each other? How might we find a community with similar experiences as a person of color?