1st Edition

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

Edited By Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, Anthony Estreet Copyright 2022
    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.