How Racial Socialization Perpetuates Racial Inequities in Psychiatry
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Expires on Mar 29, 2025
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
Funding for the Striving for Excellence Series was made possible by Grant No. H79FG000591 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government. This course was devloped in collaboration with the Afican American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

Racial socialization is a process that can erect significant attitudinal barriers to eliminating racial inequities. Our socialization into racial identities shapes what we understand of our experiences in the racialized contexts we inhabit. The work of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals occurs within many racialized contexts thus the pervasive racial ideology in the field is worthy of exploration. This activity will explore how racial socialization contributes to colorblind racial ideology (CBRI) and discuss its impacts on understandings of racial inequities. This course was developed in partnership with the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. 


Self-paced distance learning activity.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the components of Colorblind Racial Ideology (CBRI).
  • Implement strategies for navigating race talk in psychiatry.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows, Other mental health professionals

Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: March 29, 2022
Program End Date: March 29, 2025

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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  • Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor, Yale University. Dr. Isom is an early career community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism projects. Driven by a passion for collaborative leadership, she takes pride in providing the conceptual frameworks and psychological safety necessary to expand the growing edges of her clients and peers. Dr. Isom draws on her psychiatric training and humble background to connect across differences in power, education, and perspective to foster a collaborative approach to achieving racial justice and equity in medicine and beyond. Dr. Isom has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, former Division of Education Chief American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Ebony Harris, MS, Sr. Instructional Designer, American Psychiatric Association, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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