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Trauma and Mental Health Social Work With Urban Populations
African-Centered Clinical Interventions

ISBN 9780367227340
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Addressing the social problems associated with trauma and mental health amongst African Americans in urban environments, this book uses an African-centered lens to critique the most common practice models and interventions currently employed by social workers in the field.

Divided into four parts and grounded in traditional African cultural values, it argues that basic key values in a new clinical model for mental health diagnosis are:

  • A spiritual component
  • Collective/group approach
  • Focus on wholeness
  • Oneness with Nature
  • Emphasis on truth, justice, balance, harmony, reciprocity, righteousness, and order

Being free from racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression, this African-centered approach is crucial for working with people of African origin who experience daily "trauma" through adverse living conditions.

This book will be key reading on any practice and direct service course at both BSW and MSW level and will be a useful supplement on clinical courses as well as those aimed at working with diverse populations and those living in urban environments.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction: Rethinking Trauma and Mental Health for People of African Ancestry

Chapter 1: Reclaiming Our Right to Wholeness and Wellness
Rhonda Wells-Wilbon

Part 2: Conceptualizing Urban Practice and Mental Health

Chapter 2: Living While Black: The Psychophysiological Health Implications of Vicarious Racial Trauma
Terra Bowen-Reid and Ingrid Tulloch

Chapter 3: Sacred Spaces: Spirituality as a Healing-Centered Modality for Trauma in Urban Communities
Kevin Daniels and Georgia Jennings-Dorsey

Chapter 4: Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, and Brainspotting: An African-Centered Critique
Paula Langford

Chapter 5: Culturally Relevant, Trauma-Responsive, and Healing-Centered Social Work Supervision
Paul Archibald and Nia Johnson

Part 3: Trauma and the Legacy of the Black Experience

Chapter 6: Encapsulating our Truths: An Afrocentric Approach to Addressing Trauma in African American Culture
LaTanya N Townsend, Tonya C Phillips and Rhea Porter

Chapter 7: Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma and Mental Health
Tricia Bent-Goodley, Noelle St. Vil, Aaliah Zonicle and Sakima Romero-Chandler

Chapter 8: #IAmMeToo: Considering African-Centered Strategies for Sexual Assault Survivors
Yolanda Bogan, Rhea Porter, Chelsey Henderson and Rhonda Wells-Wilbon

Chapter 9: The Fingerprint of Trauma on Black Youth: A critical Analysis of Eurocentric Social Work Models with Adolescents and the Shift Toward the Afrocentric Paradigm
Cashmere O’Neal and Loren Henderson

Chapter 10: Cocoa Butter: How Black Mothers Prevent, Protect and Heal Their Daughters from Racialized-Gender Trauma
S. RaSheem

Part 4: In the Trenches: Community Advocacy

Chapter 11: Being an Informal Caregiver:A Multigenerational Issue Across The Life Span
Tina Jordan

Chapter 12: Addressing Trauma and Toxicity Among Black Male Youth: Exploring African-Centered Rites of Passage Programming as a Protective Factor
David Miller and Deidre McDaniel

Chapter 13: Uponyaji: Restoring the Spirits Of Foster Care and Adopted Children Who Have Experienced Loss
Jazlyn A. Bain, Stephanie Oyler, Tiffany Lane

Chapter 14: Addressing Substance use through African-Centered Practice Approaches Anthony Estreet, Paul Archibald, Len Price, and Korey Johnson

Chapter 15: Addressing HIV/AIDS in the Black Community: Examining Culturally Responsive Approaches
Jordan White and Anthony Estreet

Chapter 16: Incarceration: The New Slavery
Janeen Cross

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Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, DSW, LICSW, LCSW-C is a tenured Associate Professor and former Chair, Master of Social Work Program. She currently serves as a faculty member in the PhD Program, School of Social Work, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. She is Founder and CEO of Rhonda Wilbon Consulting LLC and Co-Founder of Empowered Wellness LLC. Her professional articles have appeared in several journals. Dr Wilbon has contributed to the professional literature with training curriculums, research reports, conference presentations, and book chapters. Her primary practice and research areas include domestic violence and adult survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Anthony Estreet, Ph.D., LICSW, is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Addiction area of specialized practice in the Master of Social Work Program, School of Social Work, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. He is the CEO/Executive Director of a behavioral health consulting and treatment center – Next Step Treatment Center, LLC. Fueled by his strong desire to address health and mental health disparities through policy and practice efforts, he continues to develop key partnerships with various community-based organizations, hospitals, and universities across the United States and globally to provide ongoing training and technical assistance focused on improving behavioral health treatment-related outcomes.