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The village tap

Providing Psychotherapy Sessions Free of Charge

The ‘Lil Black Boy Campaign’ in alliance with The Village PATH and the artist, Sir Eddie C, is organized to address the mental health needs of Black Self-Identified Men. Toward this goal and in alignment with the Black Lives Matter movement, it is providing psychotherapy sessions to this population free of charge. Eligible individuals will be assigned to work with therapists of African descent who are knowledgeable of the social-cultural challenges these individuals face in the society of the United States and specifically the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Each participant will initially complete a brief set of assessment forms after assenting to participate in this program. This assessment is used to determine eligibility and provide information on his psychosocial functioning. Eligible participants will be assigned to a clinician who will provide a total of five individual psychotherapy sessions which typically lasts for approximately one hour. Upon completion of these five sessions, the participant will complete another brief set of assessment instruments and will be provided referrals if additional treatment is needed.

  • Exclusion
    Individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness are not eligible to participate in this program. Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) which may include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and major depressive disorder. These are considered SPMI due to the profound effects they have on all aspects of life, such as employment, family relations, interpersonal relationships, and education over the course of a lifetime. Individuals expressing homicidal or suicidal ideation/intent or other forms of self-harm are also ineligible to participate in this program, as well as individuals who have been released from an inpatient psychiatric hospital within the last six months.
  • Risks and Discomforts
    Psychotherapy, therapy, or counseling is generally not an inherently dangerous or risky undertaking. Generally, the risks or perils of therapy or counseling would seem remote to most consumers. Of course, there is the risk that therapy may not be “successful”, and the exploration of troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions may produce discomfort.
  • Benefits
    Psychotherapy aims to improve an individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, beliefs, compulsions, thoughts, or emotions, to improve relationships and social skills, and to improve overall quality of life.
  • Payments to Participants
    The participants will not receive monetary compensation.
  • Consent/Assent
    Adults will complete a consent form prior to participation. For children 17 or younger: following the parent’s consent, the participation of each teenage participant in this program remains voluntary. Each teenager will also be asked to provide assent to participate and may refuse even if the parent has provided his or her consent. Each participant can also refuse to answer any questions and may withdraw from this program at any time without penalty.
  • Right to Refuse or Withdraw
    Each participant may leave this program at any time. When withdrawing, the participant should let the Leadership Team know that he wishes to withdraw. A participant may provide the Leadership Team with the reason(s) for leaving the program but is not required to provide their reason.
  • Confidentiality
    Confidentiality refers to data that is collected in a way that it can be linked to an individual subject. For example, assigning subjects numbers, but then keeping a "key" that links the numbers to identifying information, is a procedure one might use in order to preserve confidentiality. Not identifying subjects by name or any other identifying information in reports and presentations also is a measure taken to preserve confidentiality. Client’s names and information will be kept confidential, even when representing data internally. Care is taken to protect subjects’ names and other details about them or their experiences that would allow them to be identified. Session details are kept confidential between the client and the provider. This confidentiality may only be broken if the client has expressed a want to harm themselves or others (including seniors), or mentioned that they are in immediate danger. Occasionally, it is important to the research to identify an individual who participated or subjects, but their names and other identifying information is protected.
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