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ESFT Socio-Cultural Influences African-American Families

September 12 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm


While race is a key organizing principle in therapy, most therapists do not acquire the skills and sensitivities necessary to deal with racial subtleties. It is important that therapists discover ways to enhance their racial awareness. A “looking within” process requires therapists to explore their racial identities and beliefs and to challenge the ways in which their roles as therapists are impacted. This workshop encourages participant discussion of a) personal experiences with African-American families; b) how therapist and client cognitive and emotional conceptualization of race contributes to the overall therapeutic alliance; c) the special challenges faced by young African-American men and women; and d) how to value the strengths of the extended African-American family.

Educational Objectives:

1) Describe the variability of African-American families;

2) Identify stereotypes of African-American families;

3) Recognize participants’ own racial beliefs.


September 12
9:00 am - 12:15 pm
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