In this webinar, Founder of DMHS Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc. will speak about the challenges that we face when trying to find providers of color, the story of how DMHS was created and what the collective of mental health & wellness providers are doing to address inequities in mental health. There will also be a live virtual tour of DMHS site.
Speaker Bio: Makinie Fortino (she/her/hers) is the Founder, President & CEO of DMHS: Deconstructing the Mental Health System, Inc. She identifies as Black and Afro-Caribbean American and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has been working in mental health for 10 years.
Makinie received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from Central Connecticut State University, and has worn many hats ranging from in-home counselor to case manager, vocational counselor, academic advisor/behavioral health counselor. Program Creation & Management is a passion of Makinie’s, and her first Free Therapy Program was for a state technical college in January of 2020.
In January of 2022 Makinie expanded her part-time practice, Makinie Therapy LLC, to full-time serving individuals, and specialize in processing racial trauma, navigating the workplace as BIPOC, relationship dynamics, family life cycles, anxiety, and depression.
In all of Makinie’s work, she is intentional about interrupting and dismantling the racist aspects of the mental health system through direct therapy services for Black and Melanated people, consultation services for community leaders and organizations, helping organizations kickstart and launch free therapy initiatives, and providing webinars and workshops to providers.