Training at Blanton-Peale

BIPOC Fellows Program

About 18 percent of people in the United States identify as Hispanic and 13 percent as Black. Only 5 percent of psychologists are Hispanic and 4 percent are Black — 86 percent are white. A similar disparity exists among the country’s social workers and psychiatrists.

At Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center we are committed to disrupting the inequity that exists in access to care for communities of color. To this end, the BIPOC Mental Health fellowship recruits advanced year graduate students in social work and provides rigorous training, community building, opportunity for BIPOC clinicians to work with BIPOC patients and a scholarship grant to help cover expenses related to graduate learning.

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Training

  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Weekly clinical training
  • Monthly course: Introduction to Psychodynamic Thinking
  • Any other training opportunity offered at Blanton-Peale to the general community

Community Building

Community building is at the core of our fellowship with a space that is BIPOC centered. In a weekly BIPOC process group, we explore themes relevant to the formation and identity of therapists of color.

Scholarship

Given the high costs associated with graduate education, through a generous Foundation grant, we are able to give each participant a $5K scholarship. Scholarships are made available at the beginning of the second semester.

Eligibility and Application Information

Fellows must identify as part of the BIPOC community, be available to engage fully in the training program, and commit to working with a caseload of 8-10 patients throughout the fellowship. BIPOC fellows are usually selected by their school to interview with Blanton-Peale.

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Impact: Clinic and Beyond

The opportunity for BIPOC patients to work with a therapist of color is transformative. Our BIPOC MH fellowship allows for opportunity for fellows to work with a wide range of individuals and couples in a robust outpatient clinic.

Blanton-Peale has established the J. Wayne Davis Scholarship Fund which directly supports Blanton-Peale’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Fellows Program. This program helps us expand the pipeline of therapists of color.