Kadesha Adelakun, LCSW and Dr. Tamara Soles present research related to Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Therapy and specific strategies psychologists can use to reduce stigma and increase therapeutic trust with BIPOC clients. Ms. Adelakun describes the underrepresentation of BIPOC individuals amongst therapists as well as in therapy as clients. Ms. Adelakun explores how stigma contributes to this underrepresentation. Ms. Adelakun and Dr. Soles then discuss specific ways that white psychologists can demonstrate understanding of the systemic and historical trauma experienced by Black clients, establish trust and build alliance. The chronicity of racist trauma is highlighted and strategies shared for acknowledging and working with trauma symptoms related to systemic racism as opposed to a single traumatic event. For BIPOC psychologists in particular, Ms. Adelakun discusses the implications for the use of self-disclosure in therapy. Ms. Adelakun also shares specific recommendations regarding the use of culturally sensitive questions on clinical intake forms and create a safe space with respect to how one’s office is curated (e.g., books, toys, and decor). Finally, Ms. Adelakun and Dr. Soles review ways to support families in discussing racism with young children.
Dr. Tamara Soles is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Tamara Soles maintains responsibility for the program.