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"Tips on how to refer clients."

Hair professional, attended a 2008 MindStylz session

 MindStylz News

EDTF mentoring scholarship opportunity for ethnic minority students

August 28, 2016

This year marks the 15th annual scholarship opportunity sponsored by EDTF for high school students, undergraduate and graduate psychology students of color in Connecticut. The mentoring scholarships are offered to student applicants on a first come first serve basis. Student registrants will become a member of EDTF and benefit from presentations, networking, training and practicum opportunities in the state.

Download the application or apply online. Deadline for student application is October 14, 2016.

Doctoral students report on MindStylz barbershop presentations

July 30, 2016

Three doctoral students, all affiliated with EDTF, accompanied EDTF presenters to MindStylz barbershop presentations this summer and reported on their experiences. Read their articles here.

Michael Farrow, EDTF Coordinator and graduate student at University of Rhode Island, and Faithlynn Morris, EDTF member and graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, attended the presentation at Shawn’s Barbershop in Hamden on July 10, 2016 with presenter Dr. Jan Owens-Lane, EDTF Chair.

Kaye Ramirez, EDTF member and doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at University of Hartford, attended the June 22, 2016 presentation at Willie C’s Unisex Barbershop in New Haven with presenter Dr. Reginald Simmons, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University.

If you are interested in hosting a presentation at your salon or barbershop, please contact Dr. Jan Owens-Lane at (203) 288-9666 or jan.owens.lane@comcast.net.

First EDTF barbershop presentation

May 28, 2014

The first EDTF barbershop presentation scheduled on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at PRO Style Barber Shop in New Haven took place with Dr. Jan Owens-Lane, accompanied by Ashley Giamatte from University of Hartford.

The owner, Octavious McAuley, was very pleased with the presentation and stated that he was inspired enough to start thinking of other ways he could support students and extend his hand further to educate the community.

Again, EDTF is committed to educating the community about mental illness and enhancing mental health access in communities of color. Ginger Mills from University of Hartford has offered to help with other presentations to hairstylists and barbers scheduled in 2014. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Jan Owens-Lane at (203) 288-9666 or jan.owens.lane@comcast.net.

Increasing community awareness to mental health access

May 4, 2014

EDTF participated in the Annual Health & Science Career Fair held on Friday, May 4, 2014 at the Floyd Little Field House, Hillhouse High School. This event was sponsored by Yale-New Haven Hospital and the NAACP.

There were at least 40 exhibits from hospitals, colleges, universities, and interactive laboratories. We had a booth with our EDTF posters and brochures that attracted a large number of the 600 middle and high school students from the New Haven area who were enthusiastic and eager to learn about EDTF and the field of psychology.

Once again, EDTF is actively involved in promoting within the community and encouraging positive awareness about psychology and mental health access to future generations.

Danbury's News-Times spotlights MindStylz-trained salon

August 5, 2011

Danbury, CT's online local news source, the News-Times, ran an article about a Danbury salon that offers the MindStylz connection.

At AT&J's Beauty Salon & Training Center, owner/stylists TJ and Tanisha Jamison remarked, "People come in and tell us things. They feel comfortable talking to us. But if I think they've been going through something a long time, it's good to be able to say, 'You need a trained person to talk to.'"

The MindStylz training they received enables them to "identify signs of stress and depression so they could comfortably suggest going for help to their customers in need of that help," according to Rée LeBlanc Gunter.

You can read the full article, "Danbury hair salon offers cuts, waves and a sympathetic ear", on the online newspaper website.

MindStylz is leading story on official website of New England Psychologist

May 2011

nePsy.com, the official website of the New England Psychologist, ran an article on MindStylz as one of their leading stories in the May 2011 issue (Vol. 19, No. 4).

The frequency with which African Americans visit their hair professionals lead to closer relationships between client and professional. "Because they go every other week, individuals usually become close to the stylist," notes Rée LeBlanc Gunter, Ph.D. "Hair stylists are the first to notice changes in a woman's hair, which might indicate stress or some other underlying issue," writes Phyllis Hanlon.

The article, "Mindstylz: Making personal connections", is no longer available on their website, but you can view a PDF of the original article.

MindStylz program showcased in Connecticut Psychological Association Convention

Nov. 14, 2008

EDTF presented the "MindStylz: A Culturally Competent Tool to Promote Mental Health" at the 2008 Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) 22nd Annual Convention. The presenters were Rée LeBlanc Gunter, Ph.D., Gifty Ampadu, M.A., and Mikaru Shichi Lasher, Ph.D. The presentation was well-attended and received special mention by the CPA president.

MindStylz featured on WTNH-TV

Nov. 18, 2008

New Haven, CT television station WTNH-TV ran a story on MindStylz. The article and video are no longer available on their website, but you can view a PDF. They reported on a typical training session, a gathering of hairstylists at a hair salon hosting the event. In this case, the owner of the salon invited the Ethnic Diversity Task Force (EDTF) into her salon to teach her staff techniques on how to notice common signs of depression and make proper referrals to mental health professionals.

"Many people of color will feel more more readily open to their hair stylists," said Dr. Jan Owens-Lane from the CPA. "They will share with their stylists psychological issues they won't share with a clinician. We're talking about someone who has difficulty thinking, concentrating, working, going to school. We are talking about people who are impaired in their daily living." As the hair stylist or barber often becomes a sounding board for their clients, MindStylz encourages more people of color to access mental health treatment. As the article summed up, "It's all about sending the client home looking good and feeling good."