Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience

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This classic text helps professionals and students understand and address cultural and racial issues in therapy with African American clients. Leading family therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the problems and challenges facing African American communities at different socioeconomic levels, expands major therapeutic concepts and models to be more relevant to the experiences of African American families and individuals, and outlines an empowerment-based, multisystemic approach to helping clients mobilize cultural and personal resources for change.

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Nancy Boyd Franklin, PhD, is a Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. She is also an African American family therapist and the author or editor of several books. An internationally recognized lecturer and author, Dr. Boyd Franklin has published numerous articles on such issues as the treatment of African American families, extended family issues, spirituality and religion, home based family therapy, group therapy for Black women, HIV and AIDS, parent and family therapeutic support groups, the multisystems model, and community empowerment.

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PART I. African American Families: The Cultural and Racial Context Chapter 1 Overview Chapter 2 Racism, Racial Identity, and Skin Color Issues Chapter 3 Extended Family Patterns, Kinship Care, and Informal Adoption Chapter 4 Role Flexibility and Boundary Confusion Chapter 5 African American Men and Women: Gender Roles, Socialization, Relationships, and Couples in Therapy Chapter 6 Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepparenting Chapter 7 Religion, Spirituality, and the Treatment of African American Families Chapter 8 Additional Important Topics in African American Communities PART II. Major Treatment Theories, Issues, and Interventions Chapter 9 The Therapist's Use of Self and Value Conflicts Chapter 10 Major Family Therapy Approaches and Their Relevance to the Treatment of African American Families Chapter 11 The Multisystems Model Chapter 12 Public Policy Issues: A Guide for Clinicians PART III. Socioeconomic Class Issues and Diversity of Family Structures Chapter 13 Poor Families and the Multisystems Model Chapter 14 Single-Parent African American Families Chapter 15 Middle-Class African American Families PART IV. Implications for Supervision, Training, and Future Research Chapter 16 Implications for Training and Supervision Chapter 17 Conclusion and Implications for Future Clinical Work and Research References Author Index Subject Index

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