International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Mr. Paul T: A Black Man in America

Mr. Paul T: A black man in America
Camille A.Clay
Chalmer E.Thompson


The following is a case description of Mr. T, a mature African American man who lives and works in Washington, DC, the capital of the United States of America. In addition to presenting details about Mr. T and his treatment, we share information about the U.S. context and an overview of some of the research pertaining to the quality of life for Black Americans in general and for those living in urban U.S. settings like Washington, DC, in particular. The terms Black American and African American are used interchangeably in this chapter.

We, the authors, are two Black women who professionally have been influenced and mentored by many people ...

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