With everyone from actors to athletes to politicians and educators publicly championing the importance of mental health care, there’s less stigma attached to seeking help than ever before. But there still remains a silent barrier to improved mental health across many populations, especially within underserved populations—access. In this workshop, we’ll explore how through education, changes to our practice business models, technological innovation, and political advocacy we clinicians can create new pathways for people to find and utilize our services more quickly and more effectively. You’ll learn:
- The difference between stigma and accessibility and how both often hinder community mental health
- How issues of financial, racial, and cultural privilege impact issues of access for people who need help
- Specific ways technology and media can be used to improve access
- How individual clinicians, private practices, and other for-profit organizations can improve accessibility
Esther Boykin, LMFT, is CEO of Group Therapy Associates and Therapy Is Not A Dirty Word, a company focused on creating social and educational programs to increase access to mental health education and skills. She’s an adjunct professor, podcast host and has been featured across popular media outlets.