Our Mission

Reversing Racial Trauma
through Collective Healing

Our Mission

Reversing Racial Trauma
through Collective Healing

Deran Young

Deran Young, LCSW

BTR Founder & CEO

Healing the Healers

Join us in fostering self compassion, confidence, and inner peace
for 100,000 black healers

Tragedies such as the murders of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have become more visible, and the implications for vicarious collective trauma and long-term mental health effects for marginalized people, has become more evident. Black Therapists Rock was established to provide culturally relevant mental health awareness for collective healing that addresses and resolves the lifelong impact of racial trauma. 

Within the last 12 years research has just started to acknowledge a link between racism and psychological distress. Nationally representative polls and surveys have indicated that approx 87% of Black Americans “characterize racism as a very serious or serious problem”. Additionally, the PTSD prevalence rate in our community is 40% higher than whites and Hispanics. Despite the unique stressors and higher rates of trauma, Black people seek treatment at significantly lower rates, often due to lack of trust in white professionals and Eurocentric therapeutic styles.

Healing the Healers

Join us in fostering self compassion, confidence, and inner peace
for 100,000 black healers

Tragedies such as the murders of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have become more visible, and the implications for vicarious collective trauma and long-term mental health effects for marginalized people, has become more evident. Black Therapists Rock was established to provide culturally relevant mental health awareness for collective healing that addresses and resolves the lifelong impact of racial trauma. 

Within the last 12 years research has just started to acknowledge a link between racism and psychological distress. Nationally representative polls and surveys have indicated that approx 87% of Black Americans “characterize racism as a very serious or serious problem”. Additionally, the PTSD prevalence rate in our community is 40% higher than whites and Hispanics. Despite the unique stressors and higher rates of trauma, Black people seek treatment at significantly lower rates, often due to lack of trust in white professionals and Eurocentric therapeutic styles.

Our Community

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Members

The psychological well-being of our community, and the society as a whole, is in a critical state. We are the first responders of social and emotional wellness for individuals, families and organizations. Black Therapists Rock works towards Community Development by supporting healers who are vital to our collective forward movement.

Our Partners

We work to empower organizations and individuals who are aligned with BTR’s mission and values. With a commitment to dismantling barriers to equity at the forefront of our partnership relationships, we help organizations develop inclusivity initiatives and bring relevant programming to our members in collaboration with mental health organizations. Our leadership facilitates and advocates for meaningful change and is dedicated to the success and endurance of our collaborative pursuits.

Psychedelics

Sensorimotor

Neurofeedback

In Conversation

These ongoing exchanges, observations, and dialogues inform BTR’s future investments in programming, collaborations, and resource development offered to our members. We welcome you to join the conversation and share your work and vision for how to grow your organization and community.

Our Story

BLACK THERAPISTS ROCK

The Black community is often thought of as an ongoing saga of reliance, incredible strength, and perseverance, in spite of a brutally harsh past.

However, the obvious connection between mental health and racial oppression, health disparities, cultural differences, societal factors, poverty, and reduced quality of life, often goes unspoken.