Welcome to the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists (DFW ABPsi)!

In the spirit of unity, we offer our prayers, thoughts, and positive energy during this time when our communities (locally, nationally, and globally) are greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic AND strife of racial tensions which have resulted in the unjust deaths of Black men and women. We realize that brief messages can only do so much to lessen your concerns and anxiety while we all are challenged to sit with uncertainty. During this crisis, we urge you all to take the appropriate precautions to protect the lives of your loved ones and those you may not realize you too can affect. We are thankful for the frontline service members across physical and mental healthcare who are working tirelessly in dedication to the patients, clients, and families they serve. At this time, we encourage you to engage in self-reflection of the relationships you hold both near and far. There is no better time to reach out to each other to remain socially connected despite our physical distance. 

Below is a brief list of resources for mental health support. Should you have additional resources you would like to distribute, please email dfwabpsi@gmail.com:

North Texas Behavioral Health Authority COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

This dedicated line will provide relief to our traditional crisis line while providing the necessary support within our community as we work through this specific crisis. The NTBHA COVID-19 Mental Health Support line can be reached at, 833-251-7544. Individuals who contact the COVID-19 support line needing a higher level of care will be transferred directly to our traditional 24/7 NTBHA crisis line at, 866-260-8000. Servicing Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall Counties.

Metrocare Coronavirus Support Line

Our clinics remain open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We strongly encourage you to access our telehealth services, if possible. If you are in need of our mental health services, please call our Coronavirus Support Line at 214-743-1215.

Grant Haliburton Foundation

Mental Health Navigation Line. Feel free to refer students, parents, and community members if they are in search of mental health resources. Virtual client cases available. The Navigation Line number is 972-525-8181 and open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mental Health American of Greater Dallas


Holman Family Services

HFS will waive the copay of our current clients who are temporarily laid-off because of the pandemic. Please inform your therapist of your need. And, for new clients who do not have health coverage we are offering 3 sessions of FREE therapy. New Clients please call our intake line at 972-375-1200. http://www.holmanfamilyservices.com/

Texas Health and Human Services Mental Health Crisis Services


Domestic Violence Survivor Resources

Futures Without Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Veteran’s Resources during the Covid-19 Crisis


We encourage you to visit each section of the website to familiarize yourself with our mission and program planning. As an organization of psychologists, clinicians, researchers, educators, social service providers, community leaders, advocates, students, and more…we invite you to engage with us through service, education, and networking.

Sunshine Behavioral Health


SENIORHOUSINGNET – (Assisted Living in Dallas, TX)


We are an organization committed to addressing psychological, social, and economic concerns that affect mental health wellness with an emphasis on the Black community and marginalized groups.

*We are also often asked how others can help to speak up and educate themselves. Below is a list of resources that can aid people in beginning to understand race relations and tensions across systems.*

Resources for white parents to begin the conversation about race with their children to combat anti-racism


  • Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults



Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:

Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out:

DFW ABPsi Community Meeting Dates 2021

Community meetings are open to all and held throughout the year.

Continuing Education (CE) Workshops are provided to members, mental health professionals, students, and the general community. View below for workshop details and registration information.

DFW ABPsi presents Coping During a Pandemic: The Realities of Racial Trauma and Minority Stress

Presenter: Lilian S. Gipson, PhD earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University. She has provided psychological services to former service members (and their families) of the United States Armed Forces at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In addition to her clinical duties as a staff psychologist in the Dallas Metroplex, she has a private practice and serves as a consultant to other licensed clinicians, and supervises psychology and medical residents on “gold star” evidenced-based psychotherapy treatments (e.g., individual, couples). Her clients live in various parts throughout the Dallas metroplex. She is often found providing motivational seminars in the community, at local churches, businesses, and social organizations to help others “live to their maximum potential.” At home, Dr. Gibson is a loving wife to her husband of a decade, and supermom to their school-aged son. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, cooking healthy recipes, and learning fun exercise routines.

Presentation objectives:

1. Identify a working definition of racial trauma

2. Identify a working definition of minority stress

3. Identify coping strategies to manage racial trauma and minority stress

General Admission is $5

Member Admission with CE certificate = $10

General Admission with CE Certificate = $15

This Workshop will fulfill one Diversity Continuing Education (CE) Unit for LP, LPA, LPC LCSW.

*Registrants will receive instructions 24 hours prior to the event for how to access the webinar prior to the event, including information about CE certificate. Attendee information & Membership will be validated prior to event admittance. The webinar will be recorded and made available to all who register to receive CE credits.


Wed, April 21st, 2021 at 6:00-7:30 pm

“Man Up”: Redefining Black Masculinity and Mental Health

This is a community virtual event with a specific focus on Black men’s and young men’s mental health. Invite yourself, your brother, uncle, cousin, or father and attend! All genders welcome.

$5 General Admission


Danny Ross, LPC is an author, public speaker, and psychotherapist with over two decades of experience. He is the founder and principal therapist at DLR Counseling Group, an Arlington, Texas based agency that provides personalized counseling services for individuals, couples, and families. Danny holds a B.A. in music and sociology from Stillman College and an M.Ed. from Florida A & M University in Counselor Education with specialized research in therapy practices related to African American families.

Everett Allen, MPH, MHS, PA-C is a board-certified physician assistant (PA-C) who currently practices psychiatry for Acclaim Physician Group at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. He has practiced psychiatry for years in the inpatient, outpatient and correctional health settings as well as conducted research in this field. Allen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University in Clemson, SC, and also obtained a minor in music as a classically trained pianist. He went on to receive a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in biostatistics from Georgia State University, School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA – the heart of public health. A few years later, Everett attended Duke University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program in Durham, NC where he received his Master of Health Sciences degree.

Darrion Lewis, Sr., MSW is a masters-level social worker and President of Behind Every Door, a non-profit organization, which engages community centers to change the way people see and feel poverty. He has served at Behind Every Door for 3 plus years. Prior to that, he was a Juvenile Probation Officer for the Dallas County Juvenile Department. He completed his undergraduate degree at Langston University in Psychology.

Dennis Burchette, Jr., BA is a 3rd year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Prior to graduate school, Dennis worked as a qualified mental health professional in Texarkana, Texas. Dennis also serves as a student representative for UT Southwestern’s Division of Psychology Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Department of Psychiatry Antiracism Planning Committee.


Community Outreach

DFW ABPsi seeks to address psychological, sociological, economic, and political issues that affect the Black community.  In doing so, we  work with local organizations in meeting the mental health wellness needs of Black communities through volunteer efforts and education.

Your Family Belongs at St. Philip’s!

St. Philip’s School & Community Center provides an UNPARALLELED educational experience for PK2-6th grade by developing students who are Christ-Centered, Culturally Aware, and Intellectually Driven. At St. Philip’s, we understand the importance of educating the brilliant minds of tomorrow. We place an emphasis on nurturing the whole child, through developing intellectual curiosity, stimulating personal growth, and encouraging critical thinking.


Register for a Virtual Admissions Preview on June 15th at 12pm or 5:30pm

(Choose the session that works best for you!)

  • Alumni guest speakers
  • Details on the Admissions Process
  • Curriculum Overview


Apply by July 2, 2021 | Over $1M in Tuition Assistance Available

214-421-5221 | admissions@stphilips.com | Visit Us


Visit our Why St. Philp’s page to learn more about our school.

Community Events Calendar

Here is a listing of community events across the DFW Metroplex. Want your event posted here? Contact us!


We currently have a Team page with a fundraising goal of $500 (like in previous years). The Team’s name is DFW ABPSI. The Event is May 22, Virtual Walks, but now there are “Pop Up Sites” for in person walks in Denton, Collin, Rockwall and Dallas County.

Registration Link
Here is how you can help:
Donate here!
1. Anyone can donate funds using our team page link that will be provided below.
2. To join our team you must create an individual fundraising page, then join our team. Please note as an individual fundraiser you get your own Individual Fundraising Page, an Individual Page Link and can set an Individual Fundraising Goal. ALL funds received are added to their individual Goal AND Team goal.
NAMI provides prizes for those who raise at least $100, such as: (see attachment for Incentive Flyer for additional items)
Raise $100, get an Official Event T-shirt
Raise $250, get a Bucket Hat, Water Bottle OR Tank Top
Raise $500, get a Beach Blanket OR Baseball Tee
April 9, 2021 11:00am – 12:30pm
Single/Series Pricing: $25/$45 for NCFR student members, $45/$80 for NCFR members & CFLEs, $85/$155 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs
Daphne Harris
Presenters Daphne Harris, Tiffany Phillips, and Tanisha Clark

Adults in Black families are faced with the obstacle of protecting their children from the psychological and physical harm that result from the consequences of growing up in a racialized society. Black children’s exposure to blatant racism in media—among other places—creates additional challenges for Black parents when it comes to educating their children about race/racism and building a strong Black identity. Therefore, professionals working with these children and families must have a keen understanding of the role of Blackness, Whiteness, and racism in their overall development and lived experiences. This is vital if the goal of our work is to ensure the optimal development of Black children, while simultaneously building strong Black families.

Participants in this webinar will be able to explore the complexities of growing up in and parenting Black children in a racialized society. Specifically, participants will learn about the racial socialization process and how it serves two purposes: educate and protect. They will also learn about the social construction of Whiteness, the racial socialization practices of White parents, and what it means to live in a racialized society. Lastly, they will learn how racial socialization influences Black families’ parenting practices and Black children’s identity and behavior.

Family researchers and professionals must be proactive and have a toolbox of skills to address issues of race/racism and how it can impact the identity and behavior of Black children, families and communities. Given the demographics and experiences of the majority of Family Science professionals, the discipline must have more candid conversations and provide more trainings that specifically and intentionally focus on the role of race/racism. This webinar is one step toward reaching that goal.

Overall, attendees will leave this webinar with the ability to:

  1. Understand “the talk” and the various ways Black families engage the racial socialization process;
  2. Critically exam the impact of racism, Whiteness and the racial socialization methods of White parents on Black children and families; and
  3. Identify protective messages and practices Black families use to promote positive racial identities and prepare Black children to combat racism

Approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.


Register for two webinars and save! Register for this webinar (April 9th) along with Promoting Racial Equity Through Racial Healing

Series Pricing: Includes Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 2021 dates: $45 for NCFR student members / $80 for NCFR members and CFLEs / $155 for nonmembers and non-CFLEs

Single Date Pricing: Includes 1 date, either Jan. 20 or Jan. 27, 2021: $25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members and CFLEs / $85 for nonmembers and non-CFLEs

Each webinar approved for 1.5 hours of CFLE continuing education credit. Series approved for 3 hours of CFLE continuing education credit.

Register for both webinars

Register for this webinar only

About the Presenters

Daphne C. Harris, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer of human development and Family Sciences at the University of North Texas (UNT). She received her doctorate in child development from Texas Woman’s University and her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Texas Southern University. She has over 20 years of experience in human service agencies and programs that serve marginalized youth, families, and communities. She actively participates in several professional organizations, serving as the Director of Programs for Black Child Development Institute-Dallas/Fort Worth, and award committee member for the Society for Research in Child Development- Black Caucus. Through her professional and service work, Dr. Harris seeks to ensure that students and professionals “do no harm” to the populations they serve.  She is the owner of M.A.X. Individual and Family Services where through life coaching, parent education, and counseling she hopes to help people maximize and excel. Her research centers on the lived experiences of children and families of African descent across the Diaspora. She is particularly interested in racial and gender identity, parenting (fathers), and the oppressive systems that impede upon their overall health and well-being. Currently, she is interrogating Black masculinity and the homeschooling practices of Black families.

Tiffany Phillips, Ph.D., is a clinical fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Prior to becoming a fellow, Dr. Phillips got her Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Houston and doctorate in school psychology at Howard University. She then went on to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Texas Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Dallas, Texas, where she worked in the public school system as an LSSP providing psychological and social services to students in grades K-12. She has over 10 years of work experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis by providing behavioral therapy in homes, clinics, and schools and has recently completed the graduate certificate coursework at Clemson University’s Center for Applied Behavior Analysis in pursuit to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Tanisha Clark earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Spelman College, where she attended as a Dewitt Dean Scholar. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude, Tanisha joined the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas as a youth development director. After serving in this role for three years, Tanisha joined Teach for America Dallas-Fort Worth 2012 and worked as an educator in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). She later earned her master’s in educational leadership from Southern Methodist University in 2016. She continued to serve in the DISD for 7 years holding various leadership positions, including an adjunct trainer for new teachers and an assistant principal. Tanisha is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a member of the class of 2023. Tanisha has an interest in pediatric psychology, specifically the assessment and treatment of children with development disabilities.

Register Here!

St. Luke “Community” UMC, Mental Health Ministry continues to offer our monthly education & support meeting in the Zoom format.

We look forward to seeing you in the Mental Health Ministry Zoom room on Saturday, March 20, 2021. This month we are focusing on our youth, and the topic is “The Effects of Social Distancing on Youth”.

The schedule for the morning is as follows:

• Support Group Opening & greetings: 10 a.m.

• Educational talk & Q/A: 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

• Support Group discussion/closing: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

*Please register in advance for this meeting

Zoom Link Access Here!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • To join by telephone, dial 1-346-248-7799
  • Meeting ID: 864 8803 9379
  • Passcode:   571075223

Please share this information with your contacts. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please us at mentalhealth@slcumc.org.

The USC Black Alumni Association, Department of Public Safety & Safe Communities Institute Present a panel for Black History Month.

Come out and support our very own DFW ABPsi member, Dr Kilynda Ray and panelist as they discuss common concerns related to law enforcement and the Black community.

Register Here!

Annual Diversity Workshop hosted by the Collin County Psychological Association

Rev. Dr. Michael Waters (see bio and latest book by Dr. Waters HERE)
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis (see bio and books by Dr. Bryant-Davis HERE)
Dr. Jaya Mathew and Dr. Peter Thomas (see bios HERE and HERE)
Registration and Registration Rates
This workshop is open to both CCPA members and non-members. Please click HERE to register now! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

General Registration Fee: $100
Student/Intern/Postdoc Discounted Registration Fee: $50

While we are only able to offer one registration rate on the Zoom platform, we are pleased to still offer a student discount. Students and postdoctoral fellows, please contact us at ccpatx@gmail.com (subject line: Student Discount) for instructions on how to register at a discounted rate of $50.

Social Gatherings

DFW ABPsi hosts various (now virtual) social gatherings to promote a supportive community among professionals from a range of backgrounds. Networking opportunities are also available at the end of each DFW ABPsi quarterly business meeting. Continue to check in for upcoming events.

Wanting to network and connect with other Black mental health professionals? Join us on Fri, March 19th from 5:30 – 7 pm for a virtual get-together. Stay for as little or as long as you can. Email dfwabpsi@gmail.com to RSVP and receive access.