Psychotherapy with African American Clients
Course Description: This course provides information in order for a therapist to be culturally sensitive when treating an African American client. Family unit and dynamics are explored to improve sensitivity to a client's expectations, role identity and history. Treatment planning includes building rapport, involving extended family, use of prayer, spirituality and other coping strategies. This course also addresses treatment considerations for specific issues such as domestic violence, homosexuality, substance abuse, mood disorders and HIV/AIDs.
Authors: Aaliyah Madyun, B.A., Harry Hawkins III, B.A.
Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Adhere to cultural sensitivity protocols when assessing and diagnosing African American clients.
- Identify common values about family while addressing the uniqueness of a particular client.
- Adjust standard treatment goals and treatment planning elements to the cultural and individual values of the client.
- Address any special issues that may arise out of the cultural context of the client.