Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome: A Case Study of Early Career Women of Color in School Mental Health Fields

Janise S. Parker, Natoya Haskins, Talia Coleman-Chatman, Chinwe Duru, Deanna Ramirez, Nancy Chae, Kierra Fulmore, Angelina Nortey

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand how early career Women of Color (WOC) in school-based mental health fields experienced a structured, group-based approach to help them navigate the imposter syndrome. The researchers employed a case study design to examine the women’s experiences. Findings revealed that participants developed critical consciousness about imposter syndrome, recognizing the systemic and oppressive underpinnings of the construct, and acquired helpful strategies for dismantling their experiences of imposter syndrome (e.g., gaining support from other women) in their professional lives. The authors conclude this paper with implications for future research among WOC in professional careers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • case study
  • early career
  • Imposter syndrome
  • school mental health
  • women of color

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