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Counseling Persons of African Descent

Counseling Persons of African Descent
Raising the Bar of Practitioner Competence

  • Thomas A. Parham - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA, University of California, Irvine, USA

March 2002 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Though important strides have been made in the last three decades in the research efforts on African Americans, there continues to be a lack of significant new understanding about the impact of the African American culture on the therapy process and dynamics. This volume provides an in-depth analysis of the counseling literature pertaining to African American clients. Specifically, the analysis includes a review of the different variables (client, counselor, counseling process, and assessment) that have received the bulk of research attention. This sets the stage for the presentation of a counseling model for African American clients. The authors discuss philosophical premises upon which the model is based and suggest specific counseling strategies and interventions related to the model. Case study material is integrated throughout the chapters, focusing on individual and group approaches.

This volume is an important work for counseling professionals as well as for students in social work and counseling programs. 

Paul B. Pedersen
Series Editor's Introduction
Asa G. Hilliard III-Nana Baffour Amankwatia II
Thomas A. Parham
1. Counseling African Americans: The Current State of Affairsz
Cheryl Grills
2. African-Centered Psychology: Basic Principles
Thomas A. Parham, William D. Parham
3. Understanding African American Mental Health: The Necessity of New Conceptual Paradigms
Thomas A. Parham
4. Understanding Personality and How to Measure It
Ezemenari Obasi
5. Reconceptualizing the Notion of Self From the African Deep Structure
Cheryl Grills, Martin Ajei
6. African-Centered Conceptualizations of Self and Consciousness: The Akan Model
Thomas A. Parham
7. Counseling Models for African Americans: The What and How of Counseling
Michael Connor
8. Counseling African American Fathers: A Program for Active Involvement
Thomas A. Parham
9. Raising the Bar for What Passes as Competence
About the Editor
About the Authors

"Counseling Persons of African Descent represents a major breakthrough in scholarship on African American psychology. Thomas Parham and contributors present a candid critique of standard therapeutic practice, they provide a clear conceptualization of African-centered psychology and the African American experience, and they provide mental health professionals with specific clinical tools to enhance therapeutic practice with African American clients." 

Joseph G. Ponterotto
Fordham University
Key features
  •  Distinguished Editor: Thomas A. Parham is one of the pioneering scholars and theorists in the area of Afrocentric psychology and multicultural/cross-cultural counseling.
  • Case studies: Book includes case studies to help students and professionals better understand concepts and processes.

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