Representatives from each of the National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations (American Arab, Middle Eastern and North African Psychological Association [AMENA-Psy], Asian-American Psychological Association [AAPA], Association of Black Psychologists [ABPsi], National Latinx Psychological Association [NLPA] and Society of Indian Psychologists [SIP]) provide historical perspectives on how the field of psychology has traditionally addressed issues of racial inequity.
The discussion will focus on their individual and collective experiences of how conventional psychology or the traditional Western practice of psychology has been well- or ill-suited to address issues of race, culture, and disparities in access to mental health. The experts will compare and contrast how their culturally specific approaches to mental health have addressed these concerns.
The experts will offer suggestions on what psychologists can do within their communities, professional organizations, and/or workplace settings to decrease racial disparities in access to behavioral health care.
- Describe how systemic racism has and does impact all Americans with specific attention to the communities served by the respective Associations.
- Name at least three effective culturally-centered responses promoted by the National Ethnic Minority Psychological Associations in countering the impact of systemic racism.
- Identify strategies to dismantle systemic racism within the discipline of psychology and at community levels.