5 Approaches When Working with Mental Health Minority Clients

5 Approaches When Working with Mental Health Minority Clients

Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among Minorities

24-year-old Violet Blue is a suicidal, transgender Mexican-American client at her initial appointment with Dr. Green to address her suicidal behavior. Dr. Green, a 54-year-old European-American, has been a practicing clinician for over 25 years and is considered an expert in his field. However, his clientele is predominately white males, and Violet is his first encounter working with anyone from the transgender and/or Mexican-American communities. To be honest, Dr. Green is feeling a little apprehensive and nervous about working with Violet. He doesn’t want to say anything that could be interpreted as offensive. Dr. Green tells himself to ignore these feelings and proceed as he would regularly do with his other clients – after all, we should be “colorblind” and treat everyone equally, right?

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About Tanisha Jarvis M.A.

Tanisha Jarvis M.A.
Tanisha Esperanza Jarvis received her B.A. in anthropology and sociology at Spelman College in 2015, where she also minored in Comparative Women’s Studies. While at Spelman, her research focused on integrating academia and social justice. As a Bonner Scholar and Social Justice Fellow her research work included preventative and interventional treatment of sexual trauma and LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minority research. She finished her M.A. in psychological sciences from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in 2019. Her research within the Suicide Prevention Lab (SPL) focused on integrating an international approach to CAMS research and treatment of suicidality within marginalized communities.