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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
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.
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
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagramand consider signing up for their Patreon
Articles to read:
- “America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
- ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
- The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
Videos to watch:
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
- “How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
Podcasts to subscribe to:
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
Books to read:
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century
by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
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:
- Antiracism Center: Twitter
- Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
- United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
More anti-racism resources to check out:
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
- “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
DFW ABPsi Community Meeting Dates 2020
Community meetings are open to all and held four times a year at the South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210. Time: 1-3 pm.
Continuing Education (CE) Workshops are provided to members, mental health professionals, students, and the general community. View below for workshop details and registration information.
Continuing Education Workshop
“Going Back and Getting It”: A Historical and Comparative Analysis Fifty Years After the 1968 Assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Presenter: Rev. Pamela Lorraine Fox, PhD, LCSW-S, M.Div., CCM, CLC
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
- To explore the historical lived experiences of African Americans, a marginalized population in vulnerable communities
- To explore the contemporary lived experiences of African Americans, a marginalized population in vulnerable communities
- To examine how the significant life events of African Americans are indicative of the multiple impacts of trauma
- To examine how the significant events of African Americans are indicative of structural and systemic racism, sexism and community violence
This event has been cancelled due to precautions related to COVID-19. Please check back for additional information.
Topic: Processing space for Black mental health providers
Time: Jun 4, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
The Healing Circle for Black mental health providers was helpful for all who attended and it was requested to host another one, especially for those of you who were unable to attend.
Join us again for authentic and transparent dialogue related to racism (specifically, anti-Blackness), trauma, and social justice.
DFW Association of Black Psychologists is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Healing Circle for Black mental health providers, Part 2
Time: Jun 22, 2020 05:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 861 3332 0699
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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.
Community Events Calendar
Here is a listing of community events across the DFW Metroplex. Want your event posted here? Contact us!
For the February Fourth Friday concert/event, the DeSoto Arts Commission is pleased to present the Dallas Black Dance Theater on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 pm at the DeSoto High School – Fred Nickels Auditorium, located at 600 Eagle Drive. Before the historic dance company takes the stage, there will also be a special performance by the DeSoto High School A Capella Choir. This outstanding evening of entertainment is underwritten by the DeSoto Arts Commission, City of DeSoto and DeSoto ISD and, as a result, we can offer special pricing. General Admission tickets are just $10 each. All students and seniors 60+ may attend the performance for just $5 per person.
About this Event
Take one last look at Punk Noir and join Dawn Okoro for a discussion about her work. Learn more about Okoro’s creative process and how her interest in fashion and punk culture informs her artistic style.
The talk will be held in the Athello Beck Gallery at the South Dallas Cultural Center on March 21 from 1-2 p.m. Admission is FREE.
About Punk Noir
Featuring portraits of black musicians, filmmakers, photographers and other creatives — Punk Noir revels in the divine feminine and masculine embodiments of its subjects. Artist, Dawn Okoro, uses energetic colors and the complexion of her characters to manipulate the quality of light, offering an alternative to life lived on a stark white canvas in a black body. Across numerous bodies of work, Okoro adopts compositional techniques from fashion photography while partially obscuring faces and bodies to address issues of erasure, and its particular impact on black women. In Punk Noir, Okoro disputes the image of punk that has long been occupied by whiteness in favor of an afrocentric world view. This more nuanced version of blackness (e.g. punk noir) exists far beyond its aesthetic value. It is anti-establishment in nature, and working to reclaim and reveal its influence in music, fashion and art.
The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 until Mar. 21.
About Dawn Okoro
Heavily influenced by fashion as a means of aesthetic expression and resistance — Dawn Okoro’s work examines standards of beauty and the use of commercial imagery to commodify desire. Informed by compositional techniques used in fashion photography, Okoro draws inspiration from popular culture. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Drawing Magazine, and on BET’s The First Wives Club. She has shown at the Texas Biennial, George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, New York University, and the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn. She resides and works in Austin, Texas.
Racial Trauma, Creating Change and Healing Together
Hosted by the Coalition of Mental Illness
With presentations by Dr. Olufunke Awosogba of DFW ABPsi and Dr. Nia West-Bey
DLR Counseling Group Has Announced an Online Mental Health Forum for African American Men:
Now more than ever, African American men need our support.
For this reason, Four African American therapist Jacobie Robinson, Scott Davis, Rodney Shepherd, and Danny Ross, of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex are hosting Brothers Helping Brothers, Checking in On Our Mental Health. This online forum will commence on June 18, at 7 pm to provide African American men the opportunity to discuss topics that matter to them in a safe environment. Topics include anger, stress, societal issues, and overall emotional health, among others.
We can agree that the African American male’s leadership is imperative to his family and community, and our society. This is why the Brothers Helping Brothers forum aims to replace the stigma of counseling that has been long held by many African Americans with the truth that there is strength in asking for help.
Date And Time
Thu, June 18, 2020 via Zoom
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Southern Dallas Alliance of Mental Health Professionals presents
The Intersection of Mental Health and Social Justice
*FREE* Webinar with guest speaker: Mona Robbins, PhD
Sponsored by: Carrollton Springs
Date: June 25th
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm CST
RSVP at email@example.com to receive link information
Congresswoman Johnson to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Police Relations and Law Enforcement Reform
Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson to host a Telephone Town Hall to
discuss legislation and action toward Law Enforcement Reform.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (CST)
WHAT: Telephone Town Hall
WHO: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown
Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall
Dr. Kilynda V. Ray, Licensed Psychologist and Treasurer, DFW
Association of Black Psychologists
HOW: Call the toll-free number (855) 286-0280 at the time of the
Telephone Town Hall to be connected, or complete the form
at https://ebjohnson.house.gov/live to receive a telephone call to be connected to the event.
Previous Community Involvement & Activities (2019)
DFW ABPsi hosts various 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.
Participants engaged in the viewing of an ABPsi documentary “Toward a Black Psychology”
Discussion topics focused on:
•The origins of Black Psychology
•Future community focused meetings
•Information about DFW ABPsi plans for 2019
Members of DFW ABPsi attended the annual Parent University event with information about how to discuss mental health with their children.
Participants attended a continuing education workshop for an interactive presentation and panel discussion featuring Drs. Carmen Webb and Jessica Moore (psychiatrists) who discussed the topic of medication management for mental illness and more.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Psychologists (DFW ABPsi) participated in the NAMIWalks Event! We walked to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the important work of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. We met our $500 goal which was donated to the Southern Sector of NAMI.
Mental Health Speaks in collaboration with the DFW Association of Black Psychologists (DFW ABPsi) and the DFW Black Health Professionals (DFW BHP) presented:
BREAKING THE CYCLE 2! We are no longer being silent about mental health in the Black community.
Panelists included: Danny Ross, LPC; Melody Parker, LPC; Dewonne Bennett, MS, LPC-S, Mona Robbins, PhD, Tori Dixon, LPC, & Kevin Lambert, PsyD
Networking event for current members and community partners.
Move Your Body, Move Your Mind! Community members join us for a FREE event, located at the South Dallas Cultural Center, as we danced the
stress away! Experienced Zumba instructors led the group in movement to rejuvenate the body and mind!
DFW ABPsi participated in the 2nd Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness 5K Walkathon hosted by the Comfort Foundation.
DFW ABPsi participated in a special invitation with the 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium entitled “ Navigating the Path to Liberation and Healing” at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church
— Dallas Psychologist Dr. Brenda Wall, Pastor of Christian Education and Counseling at Friendship-West Church, as our Keynote Speaker;
— five (5) concurrent workshops addressing these topics:
- How Faith Impacts Mental Health
- Family Secrets: How they Shape and Harm Us
- The Psychological Family Tree (Genogram)
- Mental Health: It is Time to Stop Saying Crazy
- Youth Only Workshop (ages 12-17): Bounce Back – Building Resilience for When Life Gets Tough
DFW ABPsi partnered with Paul Quinn college to develop their first mentorship program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. Volunteer clinicians from the community currently serve as student mentors.
Networking event for current members and community partners. Refreshments sponsored by the American Addiction Center.