Amira Martin Crawford, LCSW-R is on a mission to significantly contribute to the healing of the Black Indigenous and People Of Color (BIPOC) community while simultaneously creating a strong collective of Black and Brown healers and aiding in their professional growth and ongoing contribution to the mental health field.
As part of her mission, she also provides speaking, training, workshops and coaching for organizations and individuals interested in improving their skill set, understanding of and services to the BIPOC community.
Amira started MA Therapy, LLC in October of 2011, providing talk therapy, workshops, and education to clients and practitioners interested in the BIPOC community in NYC. In February of 2017, with a very full caseload and extensive client waiting list, she started a new division of MA Therapy, LLC called Therapists for Black Girls. Therapists for Black Girls currently employs over thirty women of color clinicians and provides just under a thousand therapy sessions per month to BIPOC clients.
Amira was recently recognized for her personal resilience and professional activism in interviews by “The Amsterdam News”, one of the oldest and most well respected Black owned newspapers in NYC in articles “Amira Crawford - A Story of Resilience” and “Amira Crawford- Juggling Mental Health and Activism” in 2020.
Amira served as a Director with The Jewish Board beginning in 2012. During her work with The Jewish Board, she led the Brooklyn People of Color Group, as well as the Brooklyn MSW Student Group. This involved group discussion and workshops on a weekly basis centered on issues of race and racism and their impact on clinicians and clients alike. Amira was also part of a team of clinicians that worked with the agency to create and facilitate an agency wide workshop focused on the continuum of racial and ethnic groups represented within the Jewish Community. Jewish religion, culture, colorism and racism was explored from Ethiopia, Spain, the U.S., Israel, and other parts of the world, with a focus on the meaning and impact of race within the Jewish community.
Amira became the Clinical Director of BMH Consulting in Brooklyn, NY in 2010. BMH is a mental health clinic serving clients living and working in the historically Black neighborhoods of Flatbush, Brownsville and Bedford Stuyvesant communities in Brooklyn, NYC. In that role she provided interactive and educational workshops, and supervision and training for LCSW and LMSW staff on client engagement.
In 2005, with Westchester Jewish Community Services. Amira was the Co-Chair of the WJCS agency wide Diversity Committee. She co-developed and co-taught an agency sponsored course “Race and Diversity” training clinical staff to engage BIPOC clients more effectively in therapy.
Speaking, Workshop and Training Experience
2021 NY ATSA, “Race and Justice”; An Entry Point for Discussion for Justice Involved Staff
2021 Guest Speaker, Lehman College, International Woman's Day
2020 Columbia University School of Social Work, “Building a Sustainable Social Work Career; Self Care Practice and Assessment as a Personal and Professional Imperative”.
2020 The Amsterdam News, “Amira Crawford - A Story of Resilience”.
2020 The Amsterdam News, “Amira Crawford- Juggling Mental Health and Activism”.
2018 MPG Consulting, workshop: “Defining & Unpacking Privilege and Oppression”.
2018 MPG Consulting, workshop: “Supervision Across Difference”.
2014 Lehman College, Special Guest Speaker at Social Work Department graduation event, speech entitled “Winning Focus”.
2014 PS 240, Godwin Academy, “Parenting Workshop” helping parents understood issues faced by BIPOC students.
2014 The Tommy Foundation, NYC, Facilitated Workshop “Resilience, Resources and Utilizing Community Supports while Parenting Children with Special Needs”.
2013 Therapy Wine Bar, Valentine’s Day speaking engagement “Love”, with a focus on various forms of platonic, romantic and other forms of love.
2013 The Tommy Foundation, NYC, Facilitated “Self-Care” Workshop for Parents.
2006 Westchester Jewish Community Services, co-developed and co-taught agency sponsored course “Race and Diversity”.
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