Therapy & African-American Issues Essay by The Research Group

Therapy & African-American Issues
Looks at the problem of racism and the empowerment of black women. Discusses language problems, male power, client-therapist trust, hope, values and family issues.
# 20631 | 1,350 words | 8 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2003 in Psychology (Therapies) , African-American Studies (General)

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" African-American Cultural Issues in Therapy
In general, therapists are trained in theories that are represented as universally true and valid, but in fact such theories are based on the perspective of white, middle-class, heterosexual, Western males (Espin, 1993, p. 103). In order to overcome this bias, professionals in the therapeutic community are working to understand the dynamics of counseling men and women who come from different cultural backgrounds than those of the therapist. It is the purpose of this paper to explore issues relevant to therapy with African-Americans.
It is probably impossible to live in a racist society without some of those elements of racism influencing what takes place within the therapy relationship. Even if both the therapist and the client are of the same sex and social class, if.."

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