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The American Psychological Association (APA)’s SECTION 6 — CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF ETHNIC MINORITIES- The section aims to promote research on clinical interventions with American racial and ethnic minority populations; to foster sensitivity to cultural, racial, and ethnic issues in the training of all psychologists; to increase the quality and accessibility of training opportunities for minority clinical psychologists; to enhance the representation of minority psychologists with Division 12 and APA governance, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on socio-cultural issues.
APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations These guidelines propose a framework for Psychological service providers to consider diversity and difference issues systematically within their services.
The Race and Culture Faculty . A network of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology that is dedicated to helping the profession better address issues related to race and cultural diversity. Please note, the Race and Culture Faculty has been disbanded and is no longer in existence in its previous form. It is unclear what the Faculty may be replaced with (if, anything) but, once this is established, the relevant information will be posted.
The Clinical Psychologists Black & Asian Network (CPBAN). This is a network of qualified Clinical Psychologists of Black and Asian heritage working in the NHS aiming to foster connections between members within a supportive and reflective space.
The Black and Asian Therapist Network (BAATN) A Network that seeks to reflect the many who are committed, passionate, and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black and Asian people in the UK.
The Dulwich Centre. An Australia based site dedicated to family therapy, community work, and multi-cultural practice. The site offers a range of resources on race and culture issues.
The Afiya Trust. A national charity that works to reduce inequalities in health and social care provision for people from racialised communities.
The Nasfiyat Centre. A long-standing charity that offers high-quality community based intercultural psychotherapy in London and a range of training courses.
The Refugee Council. The Refugee Council works with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK and offers them practical advice and support. The Council has been helping refugees for more than 60 years and has a thorough understanding of the difficulties facing people arriving in the UK, many of whom have fled war, rape, torture, and have unimaginable stories to tell. The Refugee Council offers a helping hand to support and empower them to rebuild their lives.
The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.
Freedom From Torture. Freedom From Torture (previously the Medical Foundation For The Care of Victims of torture) works with survivors of torture to help them begin to rebuild their lives. Sharing this expertise with partner organisations in the UK and internationally, it operates as a centre of learning and knowledge in the care, treatment, and protection of torture survivors.
Black Mental Health UK. Black Mental Health UK’ s focus is on empowering African Caribbean communities to improve the Black service user experience and reduce the over-representation of Black people at the coercive end of psychiatric care.
Just Psychology. Just Psychology is a multidisciplinary group of professionals providing services to address the psychological and mental health needs of children, adults, and families, with particular emphasis on cultural diversity, cultural competence, and social justice.
Prof. Suman Fernando’s Website. Prof. Fernando is a Psychiatrist, Academic, and Writer. This site provides information on issues around ‘race’ and ‘culture’ in relation to mental health in western multi-ethnic societies, social and mental health care in low and middle income (‘third world’) countries, racism in psychiatry, and the ethics of mental health practice in a multi-ethnic society.
Stop Hate UK tackles hate crimes and discrimination and would to create reporting channels for those unwilling to contact the police.
Black Cultural Archives, the only national heritage centre focused on preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.
The Black Curriculum A social enterprise that exists to address the lack of Black British history in the UK Curriculum and works towards changing the national curriculum to build a sense of identity in young people aged 8-16.
Clinical Psychology (generic)
The Official Website of The British Psychological Society (BPS)’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP). The Division of Clinical Psychology promotes the professional interests of Clinical Psychologists across the UK.
The Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology – information on clinical psychology courses in Great Britain and how to apply
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is mandated by the parliament to challenge discrimination and to protect and promote human rights. A range of guides and resources on equality can be accessed on the commission’s website.
The British Federation of Racial Equality Councils. The council exists to eliminate discrimination promote equality of opportunity and good relations and support and defend the rights of minorities. It fulfils its purpose by representing, promoting, and protecting organisations that share the same or similar purpose.
The Race Equality Foundation. The Foundation promotes race equality in social support and public services by exploring what is known about discrimination and disadvantage, developing better evidence-based practice to promote equality, and disseminating good practice through educational activities, conferences, written material, and websites.
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR). Established as an independent educational charity in 1958 to carry out research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world, the IRR underwent a radical transformation and established itself as a major anti-racist ‘thinktank’. Since then, it has been at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that inform the struggle for racial justice in Britain, Europe, and internationally and seeks to reflect the experiences of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society.
The Poverty Site. The UK site for statistics and data on poverty and social exclusion. The Poverty Site monitors what is happening in relation to poverty and social exclusion in the UK and has material covering over 100 statistical indicators on all aspects of the subject, from income and work to health and education.
The Equality Trust. The Equality Trust aims to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life in the Uk. It works with others to build a social movement for change analyse and disseminate the latest research, promote robust evidence-based arguments, and support a dynamic network of campaign groups across the country.
Free Black University, a membership website (free membership) with educational resources centring Black radical knowledge. It also aims to offer support to Black students in higher education through a Black PhD student network.
BLAM UK, Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health UK. A school-based project offering resources for schools and spaces for young people to discuss Black History and wellbeing.
Black Therapy Matters, a space for Black students in counselling, psychotherapy and psychology. Providing support, networking, advocacy, reflection and learning spaces. They also offer training workshops.
LAWRs (Latin American Women’s Rights) and LAWA (Latin American Women’s Aid), two organisations dedicated to support Latinx migrant women by giving information about their rights, housing and benefits, legal support and refugee assistant. They both also offer counselling in Spanish and Portuguese.
The Maya Centre, multicultural, multilingual therapy for women, offering 1 to 1 low-cost counselling, groups and workshops. They have different specialist projects such as Irish women’s counselling, a Black women’s psychotherapy group, and counsellors specialised in working with survivors of Female Genital Mutilation.
The Minorities in Clinical Psychology Training Group Set up in August 2012, the group primarily exists to give individuals who by reason of their ethnicity/race or culture, health/disability, parenting/caring responsibilities, or sexuality find themselves in a minority position within their training cohort; a chance to get connected to others who may share similar experiences. The group which is now part of the British Psychological Society’s division of clinical psychology also aims to contribute toward a better understanding of minoritized experiences within clinical psychology in the UK.
Imaan which was founded in 1999 in London, is the leading organisation that supports Muslims who identify as LGBT in the UK.
Southall Black Sisters is a not-for-profit organisation set up in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women. SBS provides a range of advice and support services to enable black and minority women to gain the knowledge and confidence they need to assert their human rights. General and specialist advice on gender-related issues such as domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour killings, and their intersection with the criminal justice, immigration and asylum systems, health, welfare rights, homelessness, and poverty; is provided.
UK Black Pride promotes unity among LGBT Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Latin American descent, their friends, and families who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender. The organisation is committed to producing an annual celebration of “Black Pride”, as well as organising a variety of activities throughout the year in and around the UK which also promotes and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and well-being of all related communities. Black Pride aims to foster, present, and celebrate Black LGBT culture through education, the arts, cultural events, and advocacy.
The BME Health Forum is a unique and well-established partnership between voluntary and community organisations, healthcare providers, commissioners, and local authorities. It improves the quality of health and social care services for patients from deprived backgrounds living primarily in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham. The BME Health Forum empowers marginalised patients and communities to engage and influence local health care provision. It provides a way for health professionals, and commissioners to listen to the health needs of marginalised patients and make improvements to health services.
Black Women’s Rape Action Project Founded in 1991, the initiative runs services and campaigns that focus on winning justice for women of colour and immigrant women who have survived rape, racist attacks, and other forms of violence. The website offers a range of useful resources.
DCP forum 2005 Special Edition on Racism Clinical Psychology Forum 48 (2005)
DCP Clinical Psychology Forum Special issue on diversity Clinical Psychology Forum 230 (2012)
Racism and Mental Health. The African American Experience Williams and Williams-Morris. Taylor Francis LTD (2000)
‘Being Black and Feeling Blue’. The Mental Health Consequences of Racial Discrimination Brown et al. Elsevier Science Inc. (2000)
Black and White Thinking: Using CAT to think about Race in the Therapeutic Space. Reformulation, Winter, pp.58-62. Brown, H. and Msebele, N. (2011)
Racism and Psychological Injury. Recognizing and Assessing Race-Based Traumatic Stress Carter. The Counseling Psychologist (2007)
Race in The Room. Issues in The Dynamic Psychotherapy of African Americans Liggan and Kay. TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY (1999)
Prejudice as Ideology: The Creation of “Us” and “Them” Groups in Society (and Psychoanalysis). Psychotherapy and Politics International 13(3), 182–193, Dalal F. (2015)
APA-The Psychological Treatment of Ethnic Populations American Psychological Association (2003)
Mental Health Race Culture and Ethnicity U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2001)
Race Models. Race, Values, and Models in Mental Health Mental Health Foundation (2009)
Black Psychology, M. Karenga (1993)
More Than Black and White. Mental Health Services Provided to People from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities Ellix and Subbuswamy (2007)?
Working Therapeutically With The Hidden Dimensions of Racism Aileen Alleyne In Fernando & Keating (Eds)/Mental Health in a Multi-Ethnic Society: A Multidisciplinary Handbook (2008)
The Oppositional Gaze: Black Women Spectators, b. Hooks (1992)
Black Feminist Thought: Knowlege, consciousness and the politics of empowerment, P.Hill-collins (1990)
Ain’t I a woman: Black Women and Feminism, b. Hooks (1982)
Black Skin White Masks, F. Fanon (1952)
Pedagogy of The Oppressed, P. Freire (1968)
Potential sources of support and advice:
If you would like any support or advice around issues related to race, ethnicity and or equality, you may wish to speak to your local citizen advice bureau in the first instance or, if these issues are impacting on your wellbeing, please contact your GP. Other external sources of support will be listed below.
The Samaritans exist to provide round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days year support if you need to speak to someone or you are in distress, please call 116 123.
The British Association of Psychotherapists is a service that organises assessment and psychotherapy. There is also a reduced fee scheme providing 3 times per week psychotherapy, usually with a trainee.