Chicago Minds aims to develop a space that is open, inclusive and welcoming for all. We encourage community-minded mental health professionals to offer and receive support from each other. We recognize the implicit biases against Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the mental health system, affecting both clients and clinicians alike. We strive to address these issues through events that educate White allies and advocate equity, as well as provide peer support and mentorship for BIPOC clinicians. We hope that you can join us in re-examining Eurocentric perspectives within the practice of psychology, and begin a process of community healing, for therapists, by therapists.
BIPOC Supervisors Directory
This is a directory for new BIPOC clinicians looking for mentorship and support from BIPOC supervisors. Please use this directory to reach out to supervisors that best fit your needs. Thank you to Cassie Walker for this idea.
For BIPOC supervisors, please use our Google form to submit your information to be listed. The directory will be automatically updated.
BIPOC Peer Support Groups
According to the American Psychological Association, in 2015, 86% of psychologists in the U.S. workforce were White, 5% were Asian, 5% were Hispanic, 4% were Black/ African-American, and 1% were multiracial/ from other racial/ethnic groups. Compared to the racial/ ethnic composition of the U.S. population as a whole, BIPOC clinicians are grossly underrepresented. We recognize an imperative need for BIPOC clinicians to have a strong support system, a space where you can feel safe to share your vulnerabilities and heal.
We are in the process of creating a BIPOC clinician support group to promote unity and solidarity among all clinicians who identify as such. In addition, we acknowledge the distinct experiences and the unique challenges faced by different racial/ ethnic groups, so we are also creating separate support groups with specific resources for Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian clinicians. Peer support groups will meet monthly in a virtual space, and members should feel safe to use the group forums to hold regular discussions.
If you would like to be added to any of these groups, please fill in the form below.