Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience

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Guilford Press, Apr 20, 2006 - Psychology - 368 pages
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This classic text helps professionals and students understand and address cultural and racial issues in therapy with African American clients. Leading family therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the problems and challenges facing African American communities at different socioeconomic levels, expands major therapeutic concepts and models to be more relevant to the experiences of African American families and individuals, and outlines an empowerment-based, multisystemic approach to helping clients mobilize cultural and personal resources for change.

 

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Contents

THE CULTURAL AND RACIAL CONTEXT
1
1Overview
3
2Racism Racial Identity and Skin Color Issues
28
3Extended Family Patterns Kinship Care and Informal Adoption
52
4Role Flexibility and Boundary Confusion
73
Socialization and Relationships
86
6Separation Divorce Remarriage and Stepparenting
112
7Religion and Spirituality in African American Families
125
A Guide for Clinicians
250
IIISOCIOECONOMIC CLASS ISSUES AND DIVERSITY OF FAMILY STRUCTURES
269
13Poor Families and the Multisystems Model
271
14SingleParent African American Families
287
15MiddleClass African American Families
300
IVIMPLICATIONS FOR SUPERVISION TRAINING AND FUTURE RESEARCH
321
16Implications for Training and Supervision
323
17Conclusion and Implications for Future Clinical Work and Research
329

8Additional Important Topics in African American Communities
144
IIMAJOR TREATMENT THEORIES ISSUES AND INTERVENTIONS
175
9The Therapists Use of Self and Value Conflicts
177
10Major Family Therapy Approaches and Their Relevance to Treating African Americans
204
11The Multisystems Model
226

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Nancy Boyd Franklin, PhD, is a Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She is also an African American family therapist and the author or editor of several books. An internationally recognized lecturer and author, Dr. Boyd Franklin has published numerous articles on such issues as the treatment of African American families, extended family issues, spirituality and religion, home based family therapy, group therapy for Black women, HIV and AIDS, parent and family therapeutic support groups, the multisystems model, and community empowerment.

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