Monday, August 8, 2011

Getting Started

I'm a student in a doctoral program for clinical psychology. When my program informed me that I had to do a service project, I was at first overwhelmed with the idea of trying to balance my life as a student with community service - not to mention, at some point I'd like to have a social life! But it then occurred to me that I could have the best of both worlds, and this project was born.

This project is for budding professionals like me, and people already doing mental health work in the field, to learn more about unique populations we don't often get to encounter in our offices or our daily lives, so that when we do encounter them, we'll better know how to serve them. At the same time, this project is for people who don't often have a voice to get to tell mental health professionals what they want us to know about them and their lives.

Unique groups we're hoping to talk to include: people who are homeless, transgendered individuals, people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, polyamorous families, people from diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, and groups so unique we didn't even think to list them here.

If you are a member of a unique group and would like to contribute your story, please send it to us at whatpsychologistsshouldknow@gmail.com.