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 8: Counseling African American Fathers: A Program for Active Involvement
Counseling African American Fathers: A Program for Active Involvement
Having now focused on using specific skills and techniques for intervening with African American clients, let us now turn our attention to the application of this knowledge with a specific subgroup of the population. My focus here is on some promising work with African American fathers who, as a group, represent a critical element in the mental health and viability of African American families.
Donte (a pseudonym), a 23-year-old high school dropout with no relevant work experience, impregnated his girlfriend of three years. He was taking courses at the local community college, with no focus at matriculating toward a degree. Donte enrolled in courses that he thought might be ...