Join the Reckoning
JTR is a collective of POC and White therapists/activists/trainees invested in using direct action to undo/eliminate/obliterate racism in the mental health field and repair the harm that the mental health field has caused. (fundraising below)
This idea that the white model is the standard and the definition of being a good therapist is not acceptable to us.
“As a White, straight, CIS-gendered therapist, I feel shame to have been complicit in a system that did not equip me morally to serve the clients I work with, and have not had the courage to tell and act on the truth” - Courtney Rennicke, Ph.D.
These have been our experiences - what have been yours?
As if that is not bad enough, our programs continuously perpetuate micro/macro aggressions against trainees of color, especially those that have the audacity to challenge the system. Trainees have limited exposure to professors of color, who are undervalued and face racism on multiple fronts themselves. Our training institutions place a low value in recruiting and retaining professors of color, and maintain the racism inherent in the tenure process. All of these failings not only directly harm trainees of color, they have stunted all of our education.
Furthermore, as our country begins to reckon with the pervasive pandemic of racism, and holds up mental health as part of the solution, most of us have not been trained to recognize and assess racial trauma, let alone facilitate the healing necessary for our clients (and ourselves).
We can no longer be bystanders and continue to watch this racial violence happen to the next generation of therapists. We believe it is time for a reckoning in the field of mental health. Will you join us?
We hope to begin this movement with listening sessions focused on hearing your pain and outrage about these issues and begin to build our coalition to organize our demands and take action.
We recognize that there are folx out there that have been doing this work and that there are people who have been thinking about these issues alone or in small groups. Our hope is to find each other and do this together so we can strengthen our voices.
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