Staff Therapist of Color Mentorship Program

Are you a therapist of color looking for an opportunity to take an active role in supporting the professional development of early-career therapists of color?

Or are you interested in expanding your network and joining a consultation space specifically for therapists of color?

Are you looking to become more involved in leadership and teaching positions at The Psychotherapy Institute?

The Staff Therapist of Color Mentorship Program at The Psychotherapy Institute

The Staff Therapist of Color Mentorship Program is a new initiative at The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI). The mentorship program pairs current staff therapists of color with therapists of color in the community. The mentors and mentees will meet monthly during the training year for hour-long meetings.

While the mentor does not provide clinical supervision for individual cases, they offer professional and personal guidance which may include, but is not limited to: building leadership capacities as an individual of color: developing a unique voice as a therapist of color: coping with stress from macro-and micro-aggressions, especially while in training: support around systemic racism in clinical work: speaking to the unique challenges of being a therapist of color within a professional milieu; and addressing issues that may emerge with being a person of color within a predominately white clinical community.

Why does this program exist? Why is it needed?

With the lack of supervisors/faculty of color from which to receive professional mentorship and support, as well as lack of representation of therapists of color in the larger TPI community, there has been expressed concern that Staff Therapists of color are in a uniquely vulnerable position during their tenure at TPI. The Staff Therapists of Color Mentorship Program aims to provide greater support to therapists of color such that they may receive the necessary professional mirroring and guidance while they are interns in the field.

In exploring the contributing factors leading to therapists of color remaining disproportionately under represented at TPI, we are considering that, among other things, race-based stressors and the lack of support and professional mirroring therapists of color have felt may further alienate therapists of color from becoming or remaining more involved at TPI. This is reflected on all levels at the institute: from membership, to teachers, to committee chairs, to supervisors or administrative heads. We acknowledge that, while we cannot-- and do not wish--to speak for the experience of our colleagues of color, we do want to communicate that we are concerned about the lack of representation of therapists of color at all levels of TPI.

This program is an attempt to address issues related to representation, equity and access by taking an active role in addressing barriers therapists of color may face in becoming leaders at The Psychotherapy Institute.

What are the Benefits for Mentors?

  • Opportunity to develop a mentor relationship with an early career therapist of color.
  • Free membership at The Psychotherapy Institute while acting in the role of mentor.
  • Introduction to the structure of TPI and support in pursuing interests related to the institute, such as writing, supervision or teaching.
  • Expanded network of professional colleagues.
  • Participation in a monthly Peer Consultation Group comprised of fellow mentors of color. This will take place the 4th Friday of each month 3-4:30 PM, September 2018-August 2019.
  • Free Attendance at Fall and Spring Symposiums.
  • Free attendance at one additional CE class per year.
  • Pre- licensed price on any additional TPI courses.

What are the Requirements/Duties of Mentors?

  • The mentor must self-identify as a person of color.
  • Must be a licensed mental health professional (LCSW, LMFT, LPCC, PhD, PsyD, etc.)
  • Make a one-year commitment to meet with mentee for monthly meetings from September 2018-August 2019.
  • Available for monthly Peer Consultation Group 3-4:30 PM on the 4th Friday of each month, September 2018- August 2019.
  • Provide a confidential space in which to meet with the mentee.
  • Act as a liaison or, when needed, as an advocate with mentee’s training team.
  • In collaboration with other mentors, be willing to provide feedback to The Psychotherapy Institute administration regarding issues of diversity/inclusion and how racism may be impacting staff therapists during their training

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