Episode 29 - Navigating Life as a Clinician: Through the Lens of a Black Male Therapist
Welcome to Season 2! We launch the second season with an honest and transparent episode that speaks to the experience of four black male therapists in the mental health field.
This episode focuses on their unique experiences, the challenges they’ve faced and how they have been able to overcome their own personal challenges in order to show up for their themselves and their clients.
Marvin Toliver is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania, currently working as a Clinical Social Work Coordinator for the STEP program through the School District of Philadelphia. Prior to this position he worked as a Community Intervention Specialist through Drexel University’s Healing Hurt People program, a violence prevention program, where he provided therapy, case management, and advocacy for victims of violence. He also worked for the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia where he provided individual therapy and worked to create and implement therapy groups for homicide survivors. Marvin served two years with City Year in Miami, Florida and also taught for several summers at a program called Aim High in Oakland, CA. Marvin completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, and earned his MSW from Boston College.
Josh McNeil is a Behavioral Health Clinician at a Boston hospital and a Mental Health Counselor at a Boston university. He was a case manager in Brooklyn, New York then a social worker in Harlem, New York at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES). He earned his MSW from the Boston College School of Social Work and earned a BA and BS from Florida A&M University (FAMU). He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Massachusetts and a certified worldwide hope dealer.
Jesse Wiltey is a Classroom Therapist at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, CA, which is also his alma mater. Jesse attended his undergraduate education at UC Berkeley where he studied Molecular Cell Biology with a focus in Genetics and Genome Development. After volunteering for the Alameda Crisis Support Services on their suicide hotline, Jesse became passionate about supporting his community through providing mental health services. Jesse received his Masters of Social Work from Boston College, with a clinical emphasis in serving children, youth and families. Jesse is passionate about implementing concepts of liberation into his clinical work and is currently engaged in his own process of decolonization to unlearn the oppressive norms which are the product of having attended predominantly white institutions. Jesse was born and raised in the Bay Area, he is a veteran of the hyphy movement, and an official “baydestrian”. When Jesse asked the young people and his colleagues to describe him, they said he is “generous,” “kind-hearted,” “lit,” “a man of morals and principles,” and “he keeps it one hunnid.”
Michael Grinnell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Massachusetts and a Post-Graduate Fellow at Williams College Integrative Wellbeing Services. He has extensive experience providing clinical services to children, youth, and families and his background spans several therapeutic settings. Prior to Michael's current fellowship, he provided case management services as a Social Services Specialist for the Department of Family Services in Fairfax County, Virginia in the Foster Care and Adoption Unit. His previous clinical experience includes working as an In Home Family Therapist through the Justice Resource Institute and as a Middle School Counselor in Boston, MA. He also held roles in Wediko Child Services also in Boston and Windsor, New Hampshire.He holds a Master of Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Carleton College. He is a Minnesota native, social justice and anti-oppressive advocate.
You can learn more about their work over at @melanatedsocialworker on Instagram.