Despite Black Americans being at high risk for negative mental health symptoms due to racism and other chronic stresses, disparities persist in the provision of mental health services to this population. This book addresses that gap in clinical practice by explicitly calling attention to the experience of race-based stress in the Black community.
Johnson and Melton urge mental health practitioners to action in promoting societal understanding, affirmation, and appreciation of multiculturalism against the damaging effects of individual, institutional, and societal racism, prejudice, and all forms of oppression based on stereotyping and discrimination. Chapters include worksheets, vignettes, and case studies to provide a practical framework for implementing an effective, nonpathological approach to ameliorating the damaging effects of race-based trauma and stress.
This book will give tools and strategies for mental health professionals to responsibly use scientific and professional knowledge to improve the condition of individuals, communities, and, by extension, society.
Table of Contents
Part I. Foundational Knowledge
1. Components of Cultural Competence
2. Re-envisioning Ethics Through a Multicultural Oriented Framework
3.Advocacy and Consultation Regarding Race-Based Stress
Part II. Implementing Culturally Responsive Care
4. Assessment and Diagnosis of Race-Based Stress
5.Engaging in Race Talk and Addressing Microaggressions in Therapy
6. Culturally Responsive Therapy Interventions.
Monica M. Johnson, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and owner of Kind Mind Psychology in New York City. Her practice focuses on treating individuals from marginalized groups, and she specializes in CBT and DBT interventions. Her professional interests focus on work with multiculturalism, appropriate adaptation of evidence-based practices, and supervision and training.
Michelle L. Melton, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist offering consultation and clinical services in Phoenix, AZ. She has been published in state and national scholarly journals. Her professional interests include supervision and training, professional identity development, and multiculturalism.