The First Session with African Americans: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Therapy cannot be effective unless the first session is a success. In this much-needed new book, Janis Sanchez-Hucles gives clinicians-no matter what their race or ethnic background-a key resource for learning the special information, skills, and techniques they need to provide culturally competent care to African American clients . . . in a single session.

Based on the author's more than twenty years experience working with African American clients and filled with illustrative clinical examples, The First Session with African Americans offers an in-depth understanding of the specific techniques that are most effective for establishing rapport, forming alliances, and intervening in a crisis. The book's proven strategies are custom-made for treating the issues most common to African American clients.

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The First Session with African Americans

The reality of today's mental health practice is this—the first fifty minutes a clinician spends with a client may well be the last. The First Session with African Americans fills a gap in the professional literature by providing a hands-on guide to initiating effective change for African American clients within a single session-whether it is the first and only or the first of many.

In this much-needed resource, Janis Sanchez-Hucles-an expert in the field of African American mental health-focuses on the special dynamics and unique challenges African American clients bring to the first session of therapy. She offers clinicians, no matter what their ethnic background, the information they need to work confidently with a broad diversity of African American clients.

The First Session with African Americans is filled with the practical guidelines needed for treating Black clients, giving consideration to their unique historical, social, and cultural background. The book offers invaluable information on specific attitudes and common issues such as approaching authority, processing conflict and trauma, and problems with identity and self-esteem. The author provides an in-depth understanding of the specific techniques that can be used to form an alliance, establish rapport and, if needed, intervene in crisis situations. Also included are proven strategies that can be applied when formulating time-sensitive assessments and evaluations, diagnoses, and effective treatment plans.

In addition, this much-needed resource offers all therapists culturally sensitive guidelines and essential information on how to handle a variety of clinical situations including how to detect potential blind spots, conduct a productive discussion of differences and racial issues, determine where there is a connection with African American clients, and not alienate clients during a first session.

Therapy cannot be effective unless the first session is a success. In this much-needed new book, Janis Sanchez-Hucles gives clinicians-no matter what their race or ethnic background-a key resource for learning the special information, skills, and techniques they need to provide culturally competent care to African American clients . . . in a single session.

Based on the author's more than twenty years of experience working with African American clients and filled with illustrative clinical examples, The First Session with African Americans offers an in-depth understanding of the specific techniques that are most effective for establishing rapport, forming alliances, and intervening in a crisis. The book's proven strategies are custom-made for treating the issues most common to African American clients.

"A must read for professionals who yearn for a solution to the problem of premature termination among African American clients. Those professionals who struggle with personal issues of cultural competence will find this resource a welcome addition."
—Thomas A. Parham, past president, Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

"Dr. Sanchez-Hucles' book will help each of us, regardless of how we identify ourselves, to be the culturally competent therapists we are ethically bound to be."
—Dorothy W. Cantor, former president, American Psychological Association

"Therapists of all backgrounds will find this one of the most comprehensive and useful books available on the treatment of African American clients. Dr. Sanchez-Hucles has vividly captured the experiences of African Americans through her own personal and clinical experiences and excellent case examples."
—Nancy Boyd-Franklin, professor, Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

"This is a unique and distinguished contribution to the psychotherapy literature. Both therapists in training and advanced practitioners will find this volume an insightful, useful and accessible resource."
—Beverly Greene, professor of psychology, St. John's University

About the Author:

JANIS SANCHEZ-HUCLES is professor of psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to her private practice, she teaches and lectures on African American mental health issues.

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