Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African by Nancy Boyd-Franklin

By Nancy Boyd-Franklin

This vintage textual content is helping execs and scholars comprehend and tackle cultural and racial matters in treatment with African American consumers. top relations therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the issues and demanding situations dealing with African American groups at diverse socioeconomic degrees, expands significant healing thoughts and types to be extra suitable to the studies of African American households and contributors, and descriptions an empowerment-based, multisystemic method of assisting consumers mobilize cultural and private assets for switch.

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Little consideration has been given to the ways in which the structure of the welfare system and the reality of job discrimination have contributed to this process. In truth, labeling African Americans as “chronically unemployed” is just a way of blaming the victims for the economic and social situation that has created their victimization. In response to this approach, a number of researchers have discussed the strong emphasis on work and ambition in African American families (Hill, 1972, 1993, 1999a; Lewis & Looney, 1983).

She relabeled Ms. Jones’s anger as her intense desire for her children to have a good education. She then helped Ms. Jones and Melanie and Brian to “brainstorm” on ways to deal with this sense of isolation. Ms. Jones shared with her children what she often felt like being one of the few African American paraprofessionals in her school. These discussions continued over many weeks. With the therapist’s encouragement, Ms. Jones offered to go with Melanie to her school and talk with her teacher. She obtained the phone numbers of some of the parents of children Melanie wanted to establish friendships with and made phone calls to arrange playtime outside of school.

One of the issues that has led to the resistance of many African American families toward mental health services has come from confusion about the relationship between mental health clinics and other agencies, such as welfare departments, courts, and schools (Boyd-Franklin, 1989; Boyd-Franklin & Bry, 2000; Hines & Boyd-Franklin, 1996). , telephone or television)” (Hines & Boyd-Franklin, 1996, p. 78). In the past, the welfare system had the power to discontinue the family’s financial security if the father of the children (or another man) was proven to be living in or contributing to the household, thereby placing the family in serious economic jeopardy.

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