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Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

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Handbook of Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

Janice L. DeLucia-Waack & Deborah A. Gerrity & Cynthia R. Kalodner & Maria T. Riva

Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452229683 | Print ISBN: 9780761924692 | Online ISBN: 9781452229683 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Chapter 13: An Afrocentric Approach to Counseling Groups with African Americans

Sherlon P. Pack-Brown & Amelia Fleming

An afrocentric approach to counseling groups with african americans I am because we are; and because we are, therefore I am . Much of the multicultural counseling research has pointed out the need for counselors to become culturally competent to appropriately address the needs of a diverse community. Traditional psychology and psychotherapy have been based on theoretical and diagnostic standards established with a select group of client characteristics and have expanded their interventions in recent years to emphasize and utilize client diversity. Group approaches have been even slower to incorporate psychological, emotional, and spiritual factors of cultural groups, especially when related to group work from an African American perspective. While it is true that African American cultural dynamics may influence the character of the group, common misconceptions abound about the nature and function of an Afrocentric approach to groups. Ethical considerations in organizing and implementing group work with African Americans ...

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