Helping Give Away Psychological Science/DiSSECT: Dismantling Systemic Shortcomings in Education and Clinical Training

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DiSSECT, Dismantling Systemic Shortcomings in Education and Clinical Training, is a group dedicated to making measurable anti-racist changes in mental health training programs. We want to serve as facilitators for change. We do not want to control the conversation, rather we want to use our skills and connections to create and build platforms to help others share their thoughts, needs, and solutions. We aim to shift the burden of these changes and conversations. Specifically, we have access to dissemination tools (Twitter, Wikipedia, stakeholders at multiple programs, high influence faculty on our side) We can harness these dissemination targets to share others’ thoughts and messages. We also aim to make acquisition of resources toward change as easy as possible for programs/people as part of our mission to facilitate change (see resource document)

Projects[edit | edit source]

Current Objectives:

  1. Create an anti-racism self-audit toolkit to disseminate to mental health training programs. This toolkit will include:
    1. A self-audit survey to assess anti-racist efforts across specific areas of programs.
    2. Comprehensive checklists of actionable recommendations and resources to improve anti-racist infusion across the following categories: clinical training, coursework, research, recruitment, and program climate.
  2. Review and compile empirical articles providing statistics on the effectiveness of our recommendations. These can be used when:
    1. Applying to grants
    2. Proposing talks for conferences
    3. Increasing awareness across departments
    4. Proposing actionable changes to academics/those in power
  3. Provide BIPOC and traditionally underrepresented individuals with resources to navigate academia at every level.
    1. Create collaborative document that addresses the needs of marginalized students
    2. Gather resources related to specific needs including but not limited to (i.e., racism & discrimination in academic, professional development, mental health care).
  4. Continue to collaborate with Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) to:
    1. Create Wikiversity pages related to our mission (see
    2. Code validated measures that assess anti-racism
  5. Amplify voices of trainees, educators, researchers, and clinicians by curating resources based on their content (e.g., twitter posts, books, lectures, existing climate survey results, and anecdotal needs of individuals who belong to minoritized groups).
  6. Create a centralized platform (i.e., a website) that houses all of our anti-racist resources and recommendations. See resource document for current tools.

Future Directions

  1. We anticipate using these same models for future projects
  2. We are here to help with any project that will amplify BIPOC, minority, intersectional identity voices and connect individuals and programs with assessments and resources.

Conferences and Meetings[edit | edit source]

Conferences[edit | edit source]

Florida State University Directo's 3rd Annual Symposium of Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching: "Addressing Systemic Shortcomings in Mental Health Training Programs"

Resources[edit | edit source]

See Resource Page

Collaborators[edit | edit source]

  1. Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS)
    1. a non-profit (501c3) dedicated to improving widespread information about psychology (e.g., on Wikipedia) and creating accessible resources for dissemination.
  2. Clinical and Counseling Students for Diversity Equity and Inclusion (CCS-DEI)
    1. Group aiming to unite students working toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within psychology graduate training programs

E-mail and Social Media[edit | edit source]

Email: dissect.team@gmail.com

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