William James College Launches Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health
“Center of Excellence” to address mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the U.S. and abroad
BOSTON – June 25, 2015 – William James College, a leader in educating mental health professionals and the largest graduate psychology program in New England, has announced its creation of a Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH). The center will serve as an area for clinical training and research addressing mental health disparities and the need for social justice among underprivileged populations. Its first event, Crossing Borders: Meeting the Needs of Immigrant & Refugee Communities from Across the Globe, will be held Friday at William James College from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Drs. Jill Bloom and Gemima St. Louis will serve as co-directors of the Center, which is comprised of the following programs with a focus on mental health concerns for disadvantaged communities: the Latino Mental Health Program, the African and Caribbean Mental Health Program, and the Global Mental Health Program.
“Cultural perspective plays a greater role in psychological treatment than ever before, and the center is a testament to our school’s expansion toward progressive, innovative approaches to psychology education,” Bloom said. “In our globalized world, we as psychologists cannot afford to see the world through a narrow lens. This center will help to broaden our perspective as teachers, and as professionals.”
About William James College
Founded in 1974 as an independent graduate school of psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, becoming William James College on May 7, is the largest graduate psychology program in New England, offering 13 unique training programs, including organizational and leadership psychology programs, for mental health professionals at the doctoral, master’s and certificate levels, each designed to immerse students in both academic study and real-life clinical experience. MSPP has been the leader in educating mental health professionals who are committed to meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations and is constantly assessing and evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse society. Our highly skilled professionals care for Latinos, veterans, children and adolescents and families in a variety of settings, including the schools, the courts, the community and the workplace.