EDTF Founder, Chair, and CPA Diversity Representative: Jan Owens-Lane, PhD
Formed in January 2001, EDTF is a group of ethnically diverse professionals and college students who promote greater mental health access and advocate for culturally competent psychological services in communities of color.
EDTF Key Goals
- Provide support and link psychologists of color with one another and with other psychologists, professionals, and professional groups
- Provide Scholarships and support to high school, undergraduate and graduate students of color who are interested in mental health and link them with psychologists and other professionals
- Create mentoring and networking opportunities for students
- Advance culturally competent mental health services
- Increase the recruitment, retention and participation of ethnic minorities within the state psychological association
- Scholarships & Mentoring for Students of Color: Through the EDTF annual scholarship program, we offer a unique opportunity to high school, undergraduates and graduate students in psychology to attend the CT Psychological Association Annual Convention free of charge (workshops, lunch, awards ceremony, student poster session). Scholarships include a one-year membership to CPA, providing networking & mentoring activities and an opportunity to join EDTF with the MindStylz and other innovative projects. To apply for a scholarship or to nominate a worthy student, please download our application here: EDTF Scholarship 2014.
- Community Health Fairs and Presentations at High Schools & Colleges: Members of the EDTF represent our mission and initiatives at community health fairs throughout the state. We are available for presentations at high schools and colleges as well. For more information, contact our EDTF chairperson, Dr. Owens-Lane, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MindStylz: MindStylz is a collaborative project among hair stylists, barbers, and the Ethnic Diversity Task Force of the CT Psychological Association. This project is community-based and aims to promote mental health awareness of hair stylists, barbers and their clients in communities of color. We have been partnering and educating hair stylists since 2003 with a commitment to educate hair stylists and barbers. Our goals include: Increase understanding of depression and anxiety; teach about how to appropriately make referrals of clients to mental health professionals; identify self-care tips. Read more about EDTF community activities at www.MindStylz.org.
· Participated in the NAACP Health & Science Fair, Spring 2013
· Awarded 10 mentoring scholarships to undergraduate & graduate students
· Presented on Yale panel, “New Haven Is Hurting- Violence in New Haven”
· Obtained commitment from Academy Di Capelli Cosmetology School
· Presented 2 diversity awards at CPA convention: Senator Toni Harp & Howard K. Hill Funeral Services, New Haven, Connecticut
· Submitted a proposal for a roundtable presentation at the APA Convention 2014 (Division 17)
· Recruited newEDTF members to revitalize taskforce
· Developed partnership with NAMI (National Assoc. of Mental Illness) for NAMIWalks
· Reached out to 2 more statewide colleges to expand EDTF student mentoring
· Updated MindStylz website and MindStylz portion of CPA Website
· Present to Academy Di Capelli cosmetology instructors (hair stylists)
· Participate in the NAACP Health & Science Fair, May 2014
· Participate in NAMIWalks Fundraiser (National Association of Mental Illness)
· Advance MindStylz with more presentations to hairstylists & barbers
· Expand provision of mentoring scholarships to high school & college students
· Offer greater networking opportunities to graduate students in psychology
· Provide education about the field of psychology via high school presentations
· Advance cultural competency & mental health access for people of color
· Update Directory of Mental Health Providers to put on the CPA & MindStylz websites
· Solicit student scholarship donors throughout the state
· Recruit new EDTF Members from other mental health professional organizations
· Enhance communication to students and mental health professionals via social media
If you are interested in joining the EDTF of CPA, or if you have questions, suggestions, or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Include EDTF in the subject of your email: info@connpsych.