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Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy in School Counseling
Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches

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ISBN 9780367903428
May 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume recognizes the need for culturally responsive forms of school counseling and draws on the author’s first-hand experiences of working with students in urban schools in the US, to illustrate how hip-hop culture can be effectively integrated into school counseling to benefit and support students.

Detailing the theoretical development, practical implementation, and empirical evaluation of a holistic approach to school counseling dubbed ‘Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy’ (HHSWT), this volume documents the experiences of the school counsellor and students throughout a HHSWT pilot program in an urban high school. Chapters detail the socio-cultural roots of hip-hop and explain how hip-hop inspired practices such as writing lyrics, producing mix tapes, and using traditional hip-hop cyphers can offer an effective means of transcending White, western approaches to counseling. The volume foregrounds the needs of racially diverse, marginalized youth, whilst also addressing the role and positioning of the school counsellor in using HHSWT.

Offering deep insights into the practical and conceptual challenges and benefits of this inspiring approach, this book will be a useful resource for practitioners and scholars working at the intersections of culturally responsive and relevant forms of school counseling, spoken word therapy, and hip-hop studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Christopher Emdin

Introduction: An Ode to Hip-Hop

1. Hip-Hop Culture, Educational History and Humanism in Relation to School Counselling

2. Introducing the Pilot Program: A Hip-Hop Lyricism Course

3. The Importance of "Realness" for a Hip-Hop School Counselor

4. Co-Creating Counseling Offices with Youth

5. Mixtape Making: Leveraging the Power of Youth Participatory Action Research

6. Hip-Hop Cyphers as Community-Defined Practice to Advance Group Work

7. HHSWT in a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

Conclusion: Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy

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Ian Levy is Assistant Professor of Counseling and Therapy at Manhattan College, US.