Who we are
The Talk It Out Counselling Clinic (“Talk It Out”) is a free counselling clinic operated from within the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, dedicated to improving accessibility to counselling for communities that face multiple challenges, Black and other racialized communities across the Greater Toronto Area.
What we do
Talk It Out is staffed by Master of Social Work (MSW) student counsellors, who, under the supervision of social work professionals, provide one-to-one short-term counselling support to clients (8-10 sessions), facilitate educational workshops and support the delivery of community projects with partnered agencies.
How we came about
Supported by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Talk It Out was conceived and implemented by Dr. Lin Fang during the COVID-19 pandemic. After a series of consultations with community agencies and other stakeholders, Talk It Out emerged with a core mission to directly confront mental health inequities experienced by racialized communities and communities that face multiple challenges in the Greater Toronto Area. Today, as we transition to a post-pandemic era, Talk It Out continues to serve and innovate, providing free counseling services and novel programming to communities with heightened mental health needs.
Talk It Out is funded by generous donors, alumni, and sponsors through the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. Read more about our supporters here.
Who we work with
Talk It Out works with individuals 16 years of age or older experiencing non-crisis related mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or emotional or relational challenges. We provide a range of therapeutic interventions tailored to each client, offered from a lens of anti-oppressive practice and trauma informed care.
Talk It Out engages potential clients through referrals made with partnered agencies across the GTA. These agencies include the following: