Focusing on the breadth of issues that affect psychotherapy with African American women, this unique volume is designed to help clinicians develop a broader understanding of what is useful and what is problematic when applying psychodynamic concepts to their clients. From an array of seasoned clinicians, chapters present innovative and creative reformulations of theory and technique that build upon and challenge existing models. Issues addressed include the psychological dilemmas confronting diverse African American women as they negotiate a society that is hostile to them on multiple levels; how ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and other differences come into play within the therapeutic dyad; and approaches to unraveling the complex interplay of sociopolitical, intrapsychic, and interpersonal concerns in treatment. Filled with illustrative clinical material and pointers for practice, the volume will enhance the cultural competence of mental heath practitioners and students across a range of disciplines.
Winner (Chapter 5)--Association for Women in Psychology 10th Annual Women of Color Psychologies Award
"Jackson and Greene, experienced scholars and clinicians, have provided an important text and guide to the complexities of psychodynamic therapy with African American women. This thoughtful book reaches into the heart of our culture and extracts essential knowledge to help African American women thrive and help therapists reach a deeper understanding of their reality." --Gail E. Wyatt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; author of Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives "This long overdue book will enlighten service providers to the unique experiences of African American women. These clients endure the twin traumas of racism and sexism. Mental health professionals who ignore, deny, misinterpret, or stereotype their issues provide poor treatment. This book is a breath of fresh air. It is certain to strengthen effective communication between clinicians and their African American female clients. I highly recommend it." --Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, Massachusetts
"This volume covers a wide range of topics related to provision of psychotherapy with African American women. There is much that is instructive in the volume's coverage of trauma and abuse, self-concept, familial roles, body images, and other issues. In addition, its discussion of lesbian and bisexual concerns represents a unique contribution to understanding the place of sexual orientation in the therapeutic milieu. Therapists of all cultural backgrounds and theoretical persuasions should find the volume a useful guide to often unexplored issues associated with race, ethnicity, and social class. More broadly, I would recommend it to mental health professionals in a wide range of treatment, education, and training settings where African American women receive care." --Henry Tomes, PhD, Executive Director for Public Interest, American Psychological Association "The editors of this volume have gathered the clinical wisdom of a dozen experienced psychologists and social workers. In 14 chapters, these contributors take up the daunting task of exploring the potential benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy in the treatment of women of color....This book has relevance for mental health professionals across disciplines and in many educational, training, and treatment settings....A particular strength of this book is its readability. Most clinicians and students in mental health fields will find it accessible."--"Psychiatric Services"
.,."this book provides a long-awaited discussion of the strengths and limitations of psychodynamic therapy in treating African-American women. It also gives voice to the cultural experiences of these women as the authors explore the interface between the intrapsychic processes and social constructs, which they feel must be fully comprehended by clinicians in building therapeutic relationships with such clients....This book is essential reading for clinicians, supervisors, and other treatment providers who want to comprehend the implications of ethnicity and gender for the therapeutic relationship." --"Readings" "The book provides important insights into a number of issues seldom addressed elsewhere in the literature. What I found to be particularly interesting and useful was the author's elucidation of specific issues including: the internalization of race-based traumatic experiences....Clinicians, teachers, supervisors and students of psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as others involved in working with African-American and other women of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, should read this book....Icongratulate the authors for raising our level of consciousness and for their contribution to the literature."--"Transcultural Psychiatry"