5 Approaches When Working with Mental Health Minority Clients

Tanisha Jarvis M.A.
Published: October 07, 2019


Addressing Mental Health Disparities Among Minorities

24-year-old Violet Blue is a suicidal, transgender Mexican-American client at her initial appointment with Dr. Green to address her suicidal behavior. Dr. Green, a 54-year-old European-American, has been a practicing clinician for over 25 years and is considered an expert in his field. However, his clientele is predominately white males, and Violet is his first encounter working with anyone from the transgender and/or Mexican-American communities. To be honest, Dr. Green is feeling a little apprehensive and nervous about working with Violet. He doesn’t want to say anything that could be interpreted as offensive. Dr. Green tells himself to ignore these feelings and proceed as he would regularly do with his other clients – after all, we should be “colorblind” and treat everyone equally, right?

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About CAMS-care

CAMS Framework is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities. The clinician and patient engage in a highly interactive assessment process and the patient is actively involved in the development of their own treatment plan.