The field of mental health is populated by many theories, models, and perspectives. There is a need, however, for frames that are created by BIPOC professionals and designed to address the needs of BIPOC. Currently, many models are simply being adapted to meet the realities of marginalized people. Though this is commendable, this process does not always result in ways of working that tend to the unique features of these communities, and the ways in which they experience historical, systemic and collective trauma. There must be development of models by BIPOC for BIPOC. To stimulate this process, we must build P.R.I.D.E. This is a process which calls us to:
Over a period of 6 sessions that are conducted monthly (one per month), we engage in a process where we:
1. Examine our lens for the work that we do and the relevance of those lens.
2. Investigate our own epistemology (how we know what we know).
3. Outline potential mismatches between our client base and the models we use.
4. Imagine and create more grounded ways of working with our people.
Each session is 2 hours long and will be offered at 80 USD per month. They are facilitated by Akilah Riley-Richardson.