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 5: Reconceptualizing the Notion of Self from the African Deep Structure
Reconceptualizing the Notion of Self from the African Deep Structure
The previous work of African American psychology played a revolutionary role in illustrating the shortcomings of Western psychology as a legitimate mechanism with the capacity to bring about optimal healing to the non-European American client. Previous chapters discussed the current state of affairs, mental health, and personality for counseling people of African descent. In the midst of a vast amount of citable literature that clearly illuminates traditional Western psychology's shortcomings when applied to the client of African descent, it is now time for African scholars to redirect their energy toward the African deep structure in which African philosophical assumptions, worldviews, ethos, and ideology serve as ...