Coffee Hour is an opportunity for Mental Health Professionals of color to fellowship and discuss their experiences within the field. It's a counter-space that focuses on the needs of those that don't otherwise have the safety to openly discuss issues concerning their professional and personal development as it relates to their culture/ethnicity.

During Coffee Hour you have the option to:

  • Discuss difficult cases (case conceptualizations)
  • Network with other professionals
  • Discuss job opportunities
  • Research interests
  • Interviewing skills/questions
  • Supervision consultation
  • Clinical consultation
  • Case management issues
  • Assessment needs
  • Assistance with the Internship and Post Doc processes
  • Licensure study sessions
  • Academic support

Coffee Hour allows you to support one another as a collaborative group.


Though Multiculturalism is considered the new wave of psychology|social work, there are few ethnically and culturally diverse practitioners at the forefront of its conception.  This group allows for an increase in multicultural awareness aimed at trainees and professionals that identify as members of minoritized groups of color.


Self -care should be a requirement in all fields. In dealing with the emotions of our clients, we often forget to find healthy ways of coping with our own stress as it relates to the clients we serve and our personal lives. However, our desire to help often leaves us with little to no energy to support ourselves and to ensure our mental health and well-being. Being surrounded by those who can both empathize and sympathize with the joys and stresses of working in a helping profession is integral in the process of self-care. It gives you an opportunity to open up in ways that may be unavailable when with those who may not understand the subtle nuances of your work.

How To Join:


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MeetUp: Coffee Hour Chicago

Twitter: CoffeeHour_Chi

Drop -In:
Locations will change from event to event. Feel free to contact one of the hosts directly for the monthly drop in location and time, or follow us on one of our social media accounts to learn more.

The Hosts:

Tramaine is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Master ‘s of Arts in Clinical Counseling program and will graduate from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in the summer of 2016 with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her unique experiences shaped her passion for families, education, ethnic minorities, and working class populations. “I am because we are,” the African philosophy, Ubuntu, accurately reflects her dedication and passion for servicing individuals that are similar to herself.

Leila is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psy.D. Program. She completed her dissertation on The Effects of Internalized Racism and Family Values on Higher Education Degree Attainment for African Americans in the spring of 2014. Her research, in addition to her clinical work, has a strong foundation in multiculturalism and fosters continued empathy for the human condition, specifically marginalized groups that often are deterred from reaching their potential due to social, economic, and political factors.