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Where Are All The Men

Men At Work

I look around at the conferences I attend and see that men are underrepresented in the mental health profession. According to payscale.com, men make up about 23 percent of the mental health field. It’s even less if you specifically look at marriage and family therapists at 15% and social workers at 19%. Women traditionally dominate both of those professions. The highest rate of men is among psychologists at 33% and psychiatrists at 59%. Additionally, according to the American Psychology Association in 2013, minorities only made up 13 percent of the field combined.  So, let’s do the math.  That means minority men make up less than 3% of the mental health profession.

So my questions begin, how important is it to have men of color (Latinos, Asians, African Americans, Arabs, etc.) represented within the mental health profession? What are the implications and should we be concerned? And finally, how do we recruit and encourage more men of color to join the mental health field? I’m curious regarding your thoughts, suggestion, and solutions.

 

About the Author

Dr. Dave Jenkins, DMin, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the Northern Virginia area.  He’s the founder of Fredericksburg Relationship Center and Counselors of Color.
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