The 1% : Black Male Mental Health Care Providers Dr. William July, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Houston - Austin The Numbers Section 1 Have you ever done a simple Google search for Black Male Therapists? (excluding psychologists, psychiatrists, or specialists) You won’t believe this… On the popular Psychology Today Therapist Directory I found 17 therapists under the heading “African-American” 3 were Black 2 were males Population of Austin: 820,611 2 Black Men…Really ? The same search in Houston yielded 19 listings 12 were Black 3 were male Population of Houston: 2,145,146 3 Black Men… Seriously? In 2011 the APA reported 518 Black Male members with a Doctorate Total members with Doctorate was 83,599 i.e. less than 1% of the members of the APA with a Doctorate are Black males. The National Level Race/ethnicity by Gender of APA Members with the Doctorate, 2011 Sex Men American Indian Transgender Not specified 81 70 0 0 151 Asian 720 1240 0 67 2027 Hispanic 767 1135 0 3 1905 Black 518 997 0 9 1524 White 27198 27949 1 48 55196 Other 9 7 0 1 17 Pacific Islander 0 3 0 0 3 172 372 0 4 548 7036 15127 6 59 22228 36501 46900 7 191 83599 Multiracial/multiethnic Not specified Total Women Total American Psychological Association, 2011 Why does it matter? Section 2 Would Black men (and women) have better diagnosis and treatment outcomes with Black male clinicians (as opposed to other ethnicities)? What is the value to our society having more Black male mental health clinicians? What is the role of ethnicity in the perception of the mental health in the Black community? Impact I get a lot of calls from people specifically seeking a Black male psychologist Not all of them are Black I have more White & Hispanic clients than Black (which raises larger questions about Blacks and mental health care) Psychodynamics of provider choice More progressive social attitudes My experience (anecdotal) The Future Section 3 In 2007 only 340 Black males earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 1,618 Black females earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2007 Quality Education for Minorities Network Report, 2010 Psychology Degrees There is a lack of mental health care providers overall There are not enough male mental health care providers There is a scarcity of Black mental health care providers There is a severe scarcity of Black male mental health caregivers It isn’t just a Black thing! Mentoring Career Day Take your child to work Be visible in your community “Each one teach one” Demand will grow and create more interest Recruiting the next generation Questions & Comments What do YOU have to say about this?