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According the National Association of Social Workers, as of 2013, there was no mental health profession prepared to address racism or the mental health issues of African Americans… ( which really is a bases for class action law suite…for mass mis-diagnosis…ex. prescribing medication for students and, even assigning them to special ed…a topic for another time.)  

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History Of ABPsi

The Association of Black Psychologists was founded in San Francisco in 1968 by a number of Black Psychologists from across the country. They united to actively address the serious problems facing Black Psychologists and the larger Black community. Guided by the principle of self determination, these psychologists set about building an institution through which they could address the long neglected needs of Black professionals. Their goal was to have a positive impact upon the mental health of the national Black community by means of planning, programs, services, training, and advocacy. Their objectives were:

  • To organize their skills and abilities to influence necessary change, and
  • To address themselves to significant social problems affecting the Black community
    and other segments of the population whose needs society has not fulfilled.

The Association of Black Psychologists has grown from a handful of concerned professionals into an independent, autonomous organization of over 1400 members.


Black/African-Centered Psychology Preamble: Based on a proposal submitted and accepted by the Board of Directors (BOD) of The Association of Black Psychologists, the following definition of African Centered psychology has been adopted. It is the intention of the Committee to Advance African Psychology (CAAP) to establish a framework for content provided during the African Psychology Institute (API) that adheres to the values and principles expressed therein. In recognition of the diverse historical experiences and cultural expressions within and between peoples of African ancestry, the following is the accepted definition: “Black/African Centered psychology is a dynamic manifestation of unifying African principles, values and traditions. It is the selfconscious “centering” of psychological analyses and applications in African realities, cultures, and epistemologies. Black/African centered psychology, as a system of thought and action, examines the processes that allow for the illumination and liberation of the Spirit. Relying on the principles of harmony within the universe as a natural order of existence, Black/African centered psychology recognizes: the Spirit that permeates everything that is; the notion that everything in the universe is interconnected; the value that the collective is the most salient element of existence; and the idea that communal self knowledge is the key to mental health. Black/African Centered psychology is ultimately concerned with understanding the systems of meaning of human beingness, the features of human functioning, and the restoration of normal/natural order to human development. As such, it is used to resolve personal and social problems and to promote optimal functioning.”



CHN and ABPsi have been working together since 2009 to build a worldwide movement for the emotional emancipation, healing, wellness, and empowerment of Black people. We are working to spark the creation of a global grassroots network of self-help groups focused on overcoming the lie of Black inferiority and the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism.

To participate in the Emotional Emancipation Initiative, contact Dr. Chante DeLoach at c.deloach@abpsi.org.