Sound team members, mental health professionals and the general public can benefit from viewing this 90-minute informative panel discussion on recruiting people from diverse backgrounds to the mental health field. The panel was moderated by Sound D&I Coordinator Kevin P. Henry and featured speakers Michael Swann, Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Integrative Healing Artist Amabel Naraez and Jennifer Hyppolite, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. The session also featured an interactive Q&A period that yielded valuable input from attendees. The cogent discussion focused on strategies for recruitment, barriers, mental health stigma and how to attract youth to the profession.
There is a significant shortage of BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) who work in the mental health field which can limit the effectiveness of treatment when it comes to minority, diverse and marginalized individuals. The virtual workshop was sponsored by the Seattle – King County NAACP and Sound.
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