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Our story

We are a team within the field of Psychology, trying to make Clinical Psychology more diverse.

Our campaign aims to encourage people from minoritised backgrounds to enter the field of Psychology and see themselves making it into Clinical Psychology. We would like to make the field more inclusive, diverse and representative of the clients we see within the mental health system. We hope to tackle some of the barriers those in services have named as the reasons they may not engage with mental health services such as communication barriers, therapists not fully understanding the impact of race, discrimination and stigma, and also taking into account cultural differences in mental health experiences . We would be keen to hear others’ stories and identify/recognise barriers of which we may not already be aware of.

 

We also hope to involve professionals within the field in our campaign, to become allies, to help us think collaboratively about these issues in a broader context and help us challenge practises within the field, that do not match the ever-growing diverse society in which we live . This would include having a diverse interview panel for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programmes, seeing more diverse faces within the field in the hopes of encouraging generations to come to view Clinical Psychology as career option. Ultimately, we hope to build and continue to develop an inclusive workforce that considers the needs of all, including psychological models becoming more culturally inclusive.

The Team

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Annie Phiri

I am passionate about creating a space where people from all races and cultures can find healing. Diversity in Clinical Psychology is important because it will allow the field to become more culturally adaptive and give access to services that reflect different cultures and personal identities. Traditional talking therapies may not be fully representative of cultural needs or create environments where people can feel understood and seen. Creating diversity in the field will help to bring greater understanding to issues faced by marginalised communities.

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