Transforming careers in mental health for BIPOC: Strategies to promote healing and social change

Doris F. Chang, Linda Lausell Bryant

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This book provides targeted advice to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the mental health professions on how to navigate, resist, and transform institutions and policies that were not designed for them. A diverse team of BIPOC leaders reveal their experiences of race-related stress and how they draw on cultural strengths and anti-oppressive frameworks to create more inclusive, equitable, and culturally affirming approaches to mental health training, research, and practice. This book illustrates how it is possible for BIPOC students and professionals to have a career that is more sustainable, allows authenticity to emerge, and sparks transformative change in clients, students, organizations, and society. It addresses the unique professional development needs of BIPOC individuals across different career stages and professional roles. Covering topics such as how to respond to microaggressions from patients, become a media contributor, or step into organizational leadership, each core chapter includes a discussion of the pertinent literature, culturally grounded theories, personal reflections, and actionable strategies for community healing and social change. This essential guide will inspire trainees, practitioners, educators, and administrators in the fields of social work, psychology, counseling, psychiatry, education, and public health, to envision a path toward a more culturally affirming and transformative career. The introduction, chapter 1, and chapter 25 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDF's at

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages349
ISBN (Electronic)9781040043202
ISBN (Print)9781032314464
StatePublished - Jul 17 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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