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May 04, 2021


This is an on-going resource! Please help us grow our list by emailing  with your favorite BIPOC resources.

Utah Organizations

FocalPoint -- Run by two Licensed Clinical Social Workers and transracial adoptees, Stormey Nielsen, LCSW and Brandon Williams, LCSW, Focal Point offers services and resources for families and individuals in transracial adoptive homes. They offer support groups, parent coaching, workshops, and other valuable resources.

Curly Me! -- a Utah-based nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for families with child of color, specifically Black girls between the ages of 5-14 years. Through fun and interactive events and mentoring opportunities, they educate, empower, and encourage girls to be their best selves. This incredible organization began in 2015 and has grown to fill a hugely important need in Utah ever since. Stay up-to-date on the latest events by following their Facebook page or get involved by becoming a volunteer. To learn more about Curly Me! CLICK HERE.

Utah Center for Connection -- A Black, Indigenous & Communities of Color Collective, serving the needs of Utah County by intentionally centering relational intimacy, healing, and wholeness. They offer monthly workshops that are clinically informed, educational opportunities for community and connection. 

Robert T. Carter & Associates -- a forensic and organizational consultant group of licensed psychologists. RTCA works on a range of issues related to racial discrimination, hostile work environments, and racial harassment, specializing in race based traumatic stress. They offer analysis and assessments specific to determining the psychological and emotional effects of racial incidents and encounters. Their work assists legal teams and their clients to litigate cases, seek damages and modify policies to reduce racial harassment. They also offer consultation about racial issues and train professionals to recognize and access racial incidents for emotional and psychological effects.

Black Physicians of Utah -- Black Physicians of Utah strives to build a community of Black physicians, residents, interns, medical students, and aspiring physicians to be. They work towards achieving health equity for Black and underserved Utahns. They provide a platform for Black physicians and physicians in training and Utah's Black community to easily reach and connect with a physician they can trust to understand the day-to-day inequities they face while seeking medical care. Check out their Healthcare Provider Directory.

IMPACT Magazine --  Utah-based Tunisha C. Brown created IMPACT Magazine as a lifestyle print and digital publication. IMPACT’s mission is to empower, encourage, and to educate readers through the power of images and words. This daring and aggressive publication tackles the issues of life, by giving examples of ordinary people, living extraordinary lives. IMPACT educates the readers on health, wealth, and all things pertaining to who they are; challenging them to evolve into whom they are destined to become.

Outdoor Afro-- a nationwide nonprofit organization that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. Outdoor Afro has more than 80 leaders in 42 cities across the United States including Salt Lake City, Utah. The Utah Meetup group is led by Ashley Cleveland and has a Facebook group that organizes events and promotes outdoor recreation for Utah's Black community.

National Organizations

The EMBRace Program -- The EMBRace Program is a 7 meeting family program that brings African American or Black identifying youth aged 10-14 and their caregiver together for conversations about race, cultural pride, discrimination, and stress management. At EMBRace, their goal is to reduce parent and adolescent racial stress, promote familial bonding, and improve psychological well-being. For an hour and half each week, families will engage in race-related conversations. They keep it fun by using different techniques like role-playing, debating, art projects, and media. Not only do families get to spend serious quality time together, they also receive compensation for their participation!

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble -- a pioneering psychologist, scientist, media contributor, author, speaker, and founder of the innovative BIPOC mental health nonprofit, The AAKOMA Project. She is a fierce advocate of #optimalmentalhealth for all and has spent 25+ years illuminating and reducing mental health disparities for diverse communities.

Village of Wisdom -- supports family organizing and advocacy entities working to eliminate racial injustice in schools. They develop tools and resources that help parents, teachers, and students create ideal learning environments for Black and Brown learners.

Broderick Sawyer -- a Connecticut-based clinical psychologist specializing in race-based stress and trauma, mindfulness and compassion. His workshops, lectures and consulting services are designed to help manage race-based stress and trauma, develop inclusive institutions and communities, decrease stress and increase emotional intelligence, and improve relationships. 

Dr. Isha W. Metzger -- a first generation American from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dr. Metzger is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of The EMPOWER Lab, Owner of Cultural Concepts, LLC, a Certified Therapist in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and she is the Mental Health expert for Salone Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health of Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

Addictions.com -- Statistics on addiction in BIPOC communities.

Innerbody.com -- Mental health resources for BIPOC communities.

BIPOC Therapists in Utah

While we are proud to have some fabulous BIPOC therapists on UCEBT's staff, we invite you to check out these other wonderful therapists in our community, too. Help us grow this list! Email  with additional BIPOC therapists that should be on our list.

Jameson Holman, LMFT -- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Lioncrest Counseling in Salt Lake City. Mr. Holman offers a variety of evidence-based approaches and accepts SelectHeatlh and HMHI-BHN insurances; focuses on "helping you refine the strength you already possess as you develop the confidence to become who you were born to be".

Melanie D. Davis, LCMHC -- Founder of Plae Therapy, an acronym for play-centered learning, attachment, and expressive therapies. Plae offers creative opportunities for play and exploration to children who may be seeking support with healthy attachments, mood-related disorders, anxiety, or other significant traumas. It means diving into the deep work in a safe, playful, and expressive way. Also founder of Planted Healing, Ms. Davis and her team offers high-quality, professional, and highly personalized psychotherapy and medication management for adults, adolescents, teens, couples and adults. 

Dr. LaShawn C. Williams, LCSW -- Dr. Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and relational change strategist with a Doctorate in Education. She will help you identify your core self and create a values-based strategy for change in the relationships that matter most. Her two primary clinical approaches are Relational Cultural Theory and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


LIBERATE.CX -- A daily meditation app created for the Black community. "Liberate is the community to heal, create, and share. We believe that meditation is a sacred and important tool to express ourselves with our own medicine. As we share this medicine, we become more at home within ourselves. We become more at home in our bodies. We become more at home in our hearts. This is the path to liberation and freedom. This is what we are all seeking. Love."


Our Mental Health Minute -- Clinical psychologists Riana and Shawn's YouTube channel features videos to reduce stigma about mental health in the Black community; provide resources in access, utilization, and quality of mental health care; increase mental health literacy (in a fun and relevant way!).

UCEBT's Related Presentations

Resilience Among Latinx Immigrant Families, COVID-19 Challenges, and Clinical Recommendations presented by Shelle Welty, Psy.D. & Cristina Chévere-Rivera, Psy.D.

Navigating Race and Racism: Future Frontiers of Evidence-Based Cultural Competence in Clinical Care presented by Kimberly Applewhite, Psy.D.


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