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Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing: The REACH Program

Promoting Empowered Decision-Making among BIPOC youth and adults.

Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing (REACH)

What is the REACH Program?

REACH stands for Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing (REACH), a program that is all about promoting Empowered Decision-Making among BIPOC (for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth and adults. 

Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing (REACH)

What is the REACH Program?

REACH stands for Racial, Ethnic, And Cultural Healing (REACH), a program that is all about promoting Empowered Decision-Making among BIPOC (for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth and adults. 

By participating in the REACH program, you will learn to:

Understand Racism-Related Stress

Racism-related stress can impact BIPOC in subtle and significant ways. You’ll learn to recognize what racism-related stress is, and explore the various ways it may be impacting your daily life and getting in the way of achieving your personal goals.

Apply Effective Coping Skills

The REACH Program does not assume that BIPOC alone should shoulder the responsibility of simply learning to “better cope.” Rather, this program uses a series of exercises designed by Dr. DeLapp to help you process what it is like to carry this responsibility, and introduces effective resources to help you better cope with the ways racism-related stress impacts your life and:

  1. Improve your emotional well-being
  2. Build and protect your self-confidence, self-love and cultural pride
  3. Enhance your sense of agency and control in daily life

Make Empowered Coping Decisions

It is not enough to just know what you can do cope with racism. Empowered Coping means that you are able to look at the menu of resources you have, and select the most meaningful, accessible, and appropriate response for you to use each time you are faced with racism-related stress. Armed with new ideas for how to deal with issues ranging from microaggressions to overt prejudice, you’ll learn to put Empowered Coping into action.

Learn more details about the REACH program for:

Watch Dr. DeLapp describe the REACH program for BIPOC in this video:

Program Director and Group Facilitator

Dr. Ryan DeLapp

The REACH Program was created by Dr. Ryan C.T. DeLapp, licensed clinical psychologist.

Dr. DeLapp specializes in the provision of culturally responsive care, or the acknowledgement of cultural strengths and impacts of cultural stressors within psychotherapy. Learn more about why Dr. DeLapp created the REACH program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will individual sessions be structured?

In the REACH program for INDIVIDUALS, you will participate in 6-12 individual therapy sessions designed to build skills in coping with racism-related stress. Sessions will be customized to your specific needs and goals. This program is not appropriate for individuals who are struggling with a complex mental health diagnosis.

Who is the REACH Program appropriate for?

The REACH program is for anyone who has experienced racism-related stress, and is looking for a safe and affirming space to heal from its impacts. Consider the REACH program if you have experienced:

  • Racial microaggressions, or being mistreated because of someone’s negative racial bias or prejudice towards you.
  • Waves of hopelessness, numbness, or rage in response to repeated police shootings, acts of violence toward BIPOC, or culturally stressful events.
  • Intense emotions, such as anger, sadness, or anxiety, caused by experiences of racial discrimination.
  • Feeling singled out based on perceived stereotypes and biases.
  • A sense of inequality, discrimination, or a racist-vibe at work or in school
  • A struggle with your bi-racial identity
Can I use my insurance to pay for the REACH program?

The Ross Center is an out of network provider, and does not accept insurance. However, many clients are able to submit receipts for out of network services to their insurance company for reimbursement. If you are in need of financial assistance to participate in the REACH program, please let us know. Inquiries about financial assistance or questions about insurance should be sent to Grace Landis at [email protected].

How do I sign up for REACH Individual therapy?

Schedule a free 15-minute call with Dr. DeLapp to learn more about the REACH program. Please complete the screening form below to set up this call, or contact us via phone or email if you have any questions:

REACH Screening Form

PHONE: 202-363-1010 and press “0.”
EMAIL: [email protected]

Anyone interested in the REACH individual therapy program will be asked to complete a 60 minute initial evaluation with Dr. DeLapp to assess needs, determine goals, and ensure that the REACH program is the best fit for you.

Individual REACH therapy is available in person in our Manhattan office, and virtually for residents of New York, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland.

Does the REACH program offer group therapy?

Yes, REACH Groups will be formed when there is sufficient interest among participants registered for REACH Individual Therapy. For a group to form, there needs to be at least 5 REACH participants interested. Participants can join as many group cycles as they would like.

FAQs for Organizations, Therapists, and Schools:

What are the options for offering the REACH program in my school or institution?

We are committed to partnering with educational institutions and organizations to expand access to the REACH Program. Our REACH Program offers:

  • Customized on-site group workshops, available in 1-session, 6-session, and 12-session options delivered in your school or organization
  • Tailored training sessions conducted by Dr. DeLapp for counselors, social workers, and school or business leaders on supporting BIPOC individuals in understanding, healing from, and navigating racism-related stress
  • Virtual REACH group participation opportunities for referred students or employees through the Ross Center
  • Community-based workshops for clinicians, youth and adults, and parents and caregivers. These workshops can be held virtually or on-site in schools, businesses, organizations, and faith-based institutions. You can find a list of potential workshop options HERE.

To explore potential partnership opportunities and discuss the benefits of the REACH Program,  contact Dr. Ryan DeLapp via email at [email protected] or call 202-363-1010 and press “0.”

How can Clinicians refer patients to the REACH Groups?

For providers who are interested in referring your patients to the REACH program, Dr. DeLapp would appreciate the chance to schedule a brief phone to answer any questions about the program and to offer his assistance in supporting the referral process. He also offers workshops for clinicians on culturally responsive care, assessment and treatment for racism-related stress. Learn more about whether the REACH groups might be appropriate for your clients in this video.

What does a typical REACH group look like?
  • 6-week cycles
  • 75 minute sessions
  • All groups are facilitated by Dr. Ryan DeLapp
  • Each meeting features thought-provoking media, including music, spoken word poetry, movie and video clips, and engaging activities
  • Exercises to introduce effective coping resources
  • Sharing of participant experiences to inspire growth in Empowered Decision-Making

Participants can join as many group cycles as they would like.

To schedule an individual appointment with Dr. DeLapp, or to discuss collaborative programming or any of the REACH groups, please contact us at [email protected]  or call 202-363-1010 to get in touch with Dr. DeLapp directly. Dr. DeLapp is meeting with children, teens and adults both in person and virtually in New York, and is scheduling virtual appointments for adults who reside in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland (based on licensing requirements).

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Screening Form

Thank you for your interest in our SPACE-informed parenting group. Our group is designed to work with parents of children whose primary difficulty is anxiety with related avoidance behavior. Please answer the following questions so that we can gain a better understanding of you and your child.

Rx Refill Request

Please be advised that the turnaround time for prescription refill requests is no more than 48 business hours.  This means anything received on Friday will be completed no later than the same time the following Tuesday (assuming that Monday is not a holiday).  If you cannot give us that much time, please call the office as soon as possible and do not use this form

REACH Screening Form

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