Changing the Narrative: Overcoming the Challenges to Mental Health Treatment in the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community
One in five Americans experience a mental illness each year and more than 50 percent of adults are diagnosed with a mental health disorder, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Research has shown that BIPOC groups are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to seek out treatment and more likely to receive low or poor quality of care. Social cultural factors such as historic racial trauma and race-based traumatic stress in BIPOC communities are leading contributors to mental health challenges. The session will discuss the complexity of sociodemographic factors and explore opportunities to proactively work towards a more equitable and sustainable community narrative.
Location: Erie Center for Arts & Technology (ECAT)—650 East Ave. Suite 120, Erie, PA 16503.
Date/Time: Thursday, May 25 @ 7 p.m.
Parking: lot at 7th street entrance, 7th street street parking
Adrienne Dixon, Ph.D., is president and CEO of Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center and teaches in the Counseling Program at PennWest Edinboro University. Adrienne holds a master’s degree in counseling, a post-master's Certificate in Marital and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Adrienne has more than 35 years of clinical experience as a professional counselor, educator, and administrator. Her area of focus has been on Serious Mental Illness (children, families, and adults) and includes settings such as inpatient, residential treatment, drug and alcohol, and outpatient services. Additionally, she conducts professional training and workshops for organizations in the areas of Diversity, Organizational Competence, Clinical Interventions, Strengths Based Assessment, Supervision, and Enhanced Mental Health Services.