Though important strides have been made in the last three decades in the research efforts on African Americans, there continues to be a lack of significant new understanding about the impact of the African American culture on the therapy process and dynamics. This volume provides an in-depth analysis of the counseling literature pertaining to African American clients. Specifically, the analysis includes a review of the different variables (client, counselor, counseling process, and assessment) that have received the bulk of research attention. This sets the stage for the presentation of a counseling model for African American clients. The authors discuss philosophical premises upon which the model is based and suggest specific counseling strategies and interventions related to the model. Case study material is integrated throughout the chapters, focusing on individual and group approaches. This volume is an important work for counseling professionals as well as for students in social work and counseling programs.
Chapter 1: Counseling African Americans: The Current State of Affairs
Counseling African Americans: The Current State of Affairs
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The anticipation of receiving one's doctorate degree or professional license to practice psychology is great indeed, for it signals the arrival at the door of professional competence. Once the degree or certification has been awarded and the threshold crossed, numerous opportunities await. As professionals, we seek to showcase and demonstrate the skills and knowledge learned through years of study, and counseling and clinical training gained in the graduate institutions of psychology, counseling, education, social work, psychiatry, or some related mental health field. Usually, this work is carried out in the mental health centers, hospitals, counseling centers, and ...