Introducing the Lyra BIPOC Fellowship Program

Mar 11, 2022

By The Lyra Team

Lyra is pleased to announce its inaugural fellowship program for social workers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC). This fellowship strives to reduce disparities in the mental health field by addressing key systemic barriers to licensure for BIPOC associate social workers. Apply now

Why did we develop this program? 

In 2019, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences acknowledged that the need for mental health services in diverse communities far outweighed the amount of qualified providers from these communities. BIPOC social workers often go through additional hurdles to gain licensure after receiving their master’s degree, which contributes to racial disparities in the field. Early-career social workers have reported that the high cost of licensure materials and fees, coupled with the low compensation, are not conducive to success. New social workers often have to pay out of pocket for supervision and the quality of their education is not guaranteed. It is also not uncommon for associate social workers to staff walk-in clinics on nights or weekends. 

In addition to the disproportionate impact of the aforementioned challenges to BIPOC associate social workers, they may go through their training in unsupportive work environments that only perpetuate racialized oppression and harm.

What is included in the fellowship?

Beginning August 2022, ten BIPOC associate social workers will join Lyra for our two-year paid fellowship with comprehensive health benefits and access to no-cost clinical supervision that will enable participants to attain 3,000 hours of supervised work experience in a healthy training environment. 

  • Clinical Work: A training philosophy grounded in culturally responsive and evidence-based approaches to care. This work will also give participants experience providing evidenced-based treatments via the Lyra video-therapy platform to enhance skills in providing online therapy.
  • Clinical Supervision: Weekly individual and group supervision with licensed social workers.
  • Learning & Development:Regular group didactics on topics related to clinical care and professional development, as well as opportunities to earn credits for CEs offered through Lyra and support with exams and licensure requirements.

Who should apply? 

We encourage you to apply or share this opportunity with BIPOC associate social workers seeking licensure in California; or BIPOC graduate students receiving their master’s degree in social work from an accredited university in the Spring of 2022, and seeking licensure in California. 

Applications are now open! Please apply for the BIPOC Fellowship Program here.

If you have questions about the fellowship, please contact us at


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