ETINA SCOTT is part of the adjunct faculty. She brings more than 15 years of experience in clinical practice, management and professional leadership.
A licensed clinical social worker, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings providing mental health services, clinical oversight and supervision. She also has extensive work experience in program administration, community mental health, addictions and trauma resolution counseling. In her private practice, she assists clients coping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues and complex trauma.
Capella University: D.S.W.
The University of Tennessee: M.S.W.
University of Memphis: B.S.
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There is a tremendous disparity in mental health treatment for African American women compared to women of other races, and there remains a gap in knowledge as to the reasons for this phenomenon. Explanations for the disparity in mental health issues have been studied and findings indicate that there are obstacles that African American women may face when seeking treatment. This research study examined the definition of mental illness from the perspective of African American women attending predominantly Black Baptist Churches. The study also explored their attitudes towards seeking treatment, discussed any perceived barriers to seeking treatment, and explored the resources utilized for mental health services. The Black Feminist Epistemologies and Person Centered Care Approach served as the theoretical frameworks for this study. The sampling was purposive and included only women self-identified as African American and attending predominately Black Baptist Churches. Qualitative research methods were utilized to collect data from 12 participants through the use of individual interviews, focus groups, a survey, and researcher field journals. From the data collected three themes emerged that addressed the research questions Our language: communication and interpretation, Our culture: faith and hope, and Our community: empowerment and education. The subthemes that best categorize how this population defines mental illness included the casual use of clinical language, symptom severity as an indicator for problems and that suffering symbolizes strength. When discussing methods that were used to cope with mental health issue or life problems participants shared that they believe in the power of prayer, internalize the issue and seek the support of family and friends. The needs discussed by participants to help improve the overall mental health condition of the community included the provision of mental health education and referral to resources, the availability of competent providers, and providers that are culturally and religiously respectful. The potential implications include further research into the relationship that religious affiliations has on clinical engagement and continued trainings for professionals that allows for an integration of clinical practice with this populations religious beliefs and practices.