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Feb 11, 2020

In this week's episode, you learn more about our experiences as clinicians of color and how we navigate predominately white spaces and manage inter and intra-racial issues in the professional world and mental health community.

Listen as we discuss that Black and Brown people are not part of monolithic cultures. And such intraracial and intercultural diversity should be both celebrated and recognized. We are committed to evolving as culturally proficient therapists and global citizens. 

Key takeaways from this episode include:

1. Dive into a discussion of significant cultural proficiency terms and issues such as code-switching, interracial, intercultural, courageous conversations, and cocooning for communities of color.

2. We encourage more research at the terminal degree level on the impact of racial identity formation and experiences in people of color within the professional world. And how that impacts mental health. 

3. Be brave and engage in retreats and global conversations and experiences to connect with others of cultures different than your own.

4. Continue courageous conversations to advocate for yourself and your clients' needs. 

5. Engage in a variety of social events, such as peer supervision groups happy hour and social networking meetups and "adult playdates" to strengthen cross-cultural connections. 


1. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. Author: Beverly Daniel Tatum. Ph.D. Particular emphasis on Part 1: A Definition of Terms (including defining racism and identity formation throughout the developmental life cycle), and Chapter 6: The Development of White Identity

2. Everyday Anti-Racism: Getting Real About Race in School An Anthology and Edited by Mica Pollock. Particular emphasis on Chapter 4: Beginning Courageous Conversations about Race, and Chapter 9: Strengthening Student Identity in School Programs (and the concept of "cocooning"). (affiliate links)

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Until next time, remember to live, laugh, love and keep it real.

-Frantzces, Sabeen and Tonika :)

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