Become a Better Therapist! Check out our Antiracism Resources
¡Conviértete en un mejor terapeuta! Consulte nuestros recursos contra el racismo
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We strive to advocate, educate, collaborate, and strategize for positive racial and social justice change within our membership and our community.
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Here are some great resources to read and watch to help you become a better therapist.
Here are three great videos you can watch in your quest to become a better therapist!
1. First watch "13th" on either YouTube or Netflix. The address is: https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8
2. Consider watching "Healing Racialized Trauma: A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem and Tara Brach". He is a fellow therapist, and this video includes a very powerful experiential exercise.
Podcast: Brene Brown speaks with Ibram Kendi about how to be an anti-racist.
James Baldwin's 1963 classic novel, The Fire Next Time, being read aloud.
The American Psychiatric Association has issued its own apology to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color for its support of structural racism in Psychiatry. MORE...
Read the APA apology for "APA’s Role in Promoting, Perpetuating, and Failing to Challenge Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Human Hierarchy in U.S."
The American Psychological Association failed in its role leading the discipline of psychology, was complicit in contributing to systemic inequities, and hurt many through racism, racial discrimination, and denigration of people of color, thereby falling short on its mission to benefit society and improve lives. APA is profoundly sorry, accepts responsibility for, and owns the actions and inactions of APA itself, the discipline of psychology, and individual psychologists who stood as leaders for the organization and field. MORE...
Here are some articles you can read to help you become a better therapist!
Here are some great books you can read to help you explore antiracism!
We encourage you to shop at a Black or minority-owned bookstore such as The Collective Oakland.
#1 NY Times Bestseller, winner of multiple awards. Book links to YouTube audiobook.
Black / slavery
Keenah's First Speech: Our Blackness Will Never Fade
by Dianna Grayer RECAMFT member! A child copes with her emotions by channeling it into doing something positive.
South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of the Nation
by Imani Perry
Multiple awards, new 2021.
Black creative writing, prose, essays, poetry
by Erika Lee
Named on of 2015's best non-fiction books of the year by NY Times and Kirkus Reviews. Multiple awards.
The story of European immigrants becoming "white".
USA Today has a good list of books, non-fiction and fiction, for both kids and adults that address the topics of racism and anti-racism here.
Here are some videos you can watch to help you become a better therapist!
Resmaa Menakem, MSW talks about his time in Afghanistan, assessing the mental health of soldiers when a communal trauma occurred, the five types of intelligence, how trauma impacts the body, and finding resources. https://youtu.be/omyzEvVvjog
Dr. Robin DiAngelo discussing her book, White Fragility.