Macy Wilson — Session III

Black folk don’t go to therapy!”: Unpacking the stigma, systemic barriers, and factors of resilience with mental health in the Black community

Macy Wilson (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Chicago Campus)

This presentation emphasizes the nuanced emotional and behavioral manifestations of mental health issues in the Black community, with an emphasis on culturally competent care and Black male youth. Special consideration will be given to systemic and institutionalized oppressive barriers. The resilient ways in which Black-identified individuals navigate society will be explored. The presentation will also include therapeutic work with Black-identified adults. In addition to cultural competence, other areas covered in this session include: diagnoses, racism, and strengths specific to this community. The presentation will also highlight the ways in which Black communities express resilience, in order for therapists to be more aware and supportive of these expressions.