Inclusive Mental Health Treatment

Biopsychosocial Treatment

As we look more closely at BIPOC mental health during July, I’m reminded that it’s every therapist’s responsibility to be aware of their clients’ racial and ethnic identities, racial trauma history, and cultural contexts.

Utilizing a true biopsychosocial model entails an understanding of the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors that contribute to mental health. Ignoring social influences in a person’s life ignores the fullness of who they are.  

Social Justice Competence

It is no longer enough to be “culturally competent” — we must become social justice competent, mindful of the social contexts that have shaped, and continue to shape, the lives of those we serve. 

How can you treat someone if you don’t see them fully? You can’t. Inclusive mental health treatment isn’t just “trauma-informed,” it’s “racial trauma-informed.”

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