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Launch of The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health

Published on 17 Dec 2020 / In Health & Well Being

50 years ago, the Father of Black Psychology, Professor Joseph L. White published the seminal article 'Towards a Black Psychology', challenging the dominance of white middle-class culture in determining what psychologists considered 'normal'. Half a century on, many (white) people are still uncomfortable discussing the important and controversial topic of mental health and race.

The publication of The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health heralds that it is time for change and action, by bringing together the global work of researchers and practitioners including those from the UK, Europe and US.
The Handbook illuminates the personal, lived experiences of everyday racism, micro-aggressions, racial battle fatigue, and implicit provider bias encountered by people of colour within the mental health, school and University systems beyond the statistics.

Crucially, contributors go on to not only outline and make policy recommendations but have developed proven interventions, including practical, clinical and therapeutic applications and new technologies that can help to address the problems encountered by both black mental health professionals and service users.


Hosted by Michael Hamilton of The Ubele Initiative and Helen George of BME Voices Talk Mental Health

Karen Carberry and Dr Theodore Ransaw Co-Editors

Dr Patrick Vernon OBE Thirty Years of Black History Month and Thirty Years of Overrepresentation in the Mental Health System

Dr Gail Coleman-Oluwabusola Forty Years in the Wilderness: A Review of Systemic Barriers to Reducing the Over-representation of Black Men in the UK Psychiatric System

Dr Sharon Walker Big, Black, Mad and Dangerous in the Criminal Justice System

Dr Nicholas Banks ‘Lone Wolf’ Case Study Considerations of Terrorist Radicalisation from the Black Experience

Ivan Juzang Founder & President MEE Productions Moving Young Black Men Beyond Survival Mode: Protective Factors for Their Mental Health

Dr Tony Talburt Targeted Intervention in Education and the Empowerment and Emotional Well-being of Black Boys

Professor Dawn Edge Researching African-Caribbean Mental Health in the UK: An Assets-based Approach to Developing Psychosocial Interventions for Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses

Professor Fabricio E. Balcazar African Americans and the Vocational Rehabilitation Service System in the United States: The Impact on Mental Health

David Truswell, Dementia and its Impact on Minority Ethnic and Migrant Communities
Patricia Clarke Race and Risk – Exploring UK Social Policy and the Development of Modern Mental Health Services

Dr Andra D. Rivers Johnson Implicit Provider Bias and its Implications for Black/African American Mental Health

Karen Carberry, Pastor Jean Gerald Lafleur and Rev. Genel Jean-Claude Systemic Family Therapy with Transgenerational Communities in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Maureen Greaves Toward Positions of Spiritual Reflexivity as a Resource: Emerging Themes and Conversations for Systemic Practice, Leadership, and Supervision within Black Mental Health
Doreen Robinson and Dr Reenee Singh Forced Marriage as a Representation of a Belief System in the UK and its Psychological Impact on Well-being

Dr Romana Farooq and Dr Tânia Rodrigues ‘Marginal Leaders’: Making Visible the Leadership Experiences of Black Women in a Therapeutic Service for Disenfranchised Young People

Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga Engaging with Racialized Process in Clinical Supervision: Political or Personal

Karen Carberry, Dr Theodore Ransaw - Summation with Dr Patrick Vernon OBE Recommendations

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