2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Race and Gender Discrimination in the Psychotherapy Profession

Shukuru Mambo
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Persistent racial and gender inequality in the psychotherapy profession is underpinned by discrimination. Unlike the pre-civil rights era, when racial prejudice was overt, today discrimination is less readily identifiable. This paper reviews the relevant literature on discrimination in employment and occupation, examining the relationship between observable physical characteristics such as skin tone, gender, and earnings, as measured by income. I begin by defining discrimination and its effects on mental health work. My paper will analyze how doctors discriminate against patients and then I aim to offer a solution to ending workplace discrimination. Although many organizations have applied the handbook principle, as I show, they still lack the will to enforce it. Finally, I illustrate the ways in which individual, organizational, and structural mechanisms underlie contemporary forms of discrimination. 


Keywords: race, income, gender, discrimination, mental health, employment

Interdisciplinary Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 303-6
Location: BH 212
Time: 2:45

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