Black Identities and White Therapies: Race, Respect and Diversity

Editor : Divine Charura, Editor : Colin Lago

Part of Brett Kahr`s Top Ten 2021 series - more in this series

Black Identities and White Therapies: Race, Respect and Diversity

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : August 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 270
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 96122
  • ISBN 13 : 9781910919897
  • ISBN 10 : 9781910919
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This vibrant new book springs from the continued failure of the counselling and psychotherapy profession to adequately prepare trainees to meet the needs of today's multi-ethnic, multiracial and multicultural society. The editors, both highly experienced trainers and academics, have gathered together here a group of new and established writers who draw on personal and professional experiences to present an array of fresh ideas and approaches. Their aim is to inform training curricula that would more adequately prepare therapy students to respond sensitively and in culturally appropriate ways to clients of diverse cultural and racial identities.

Each chapter presents a challenge to all therapeutic practitioners, whatever their specialist role, to attend to and reflect on their personal and professional attitudes and behaviours in relation to clients of all heritages and origins. Issues addressed include unconscious privilege, 'othering', micro-aggressions, broaching, racism, discrimination, the search for meaning, identity complexity, intersectional understanding, heritage, biases and projections, trauma, intergenerational trauma, introjections, projection and decolonisation of the curriculum.

This book is a wake-up call to the profession to develop more inclusive models of theory and practice, and to every counsellor, psychotherapist and counselling psychologist to review their professional practice and ensure a better fit between the aspirations and theories of their professional calling and the needs of our multi-ethnic, multiracial and multicultural society today.

Reviews and Endorsements

This book speaks of the profound need to address the shortcoming of racial competency in therapeutic training and professional practice... reminding us to challenge exclusion, reflect on our practice and address our own positions of power and privilege.' - Susan Cousins, author of Overcoming Everyday Racism. 'In this book are rich resources and practical suggestions that will support and challenge us to open our minds and embrace multicultural ways of thinking and working.' - Janet Tolan, counsellor/psychotherapist, supervisor, tutor and author.

About the Editor(s)

Divine Charura is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Leeds Beckett University. He is an adult psychotherapist who works in the NHS, voluntary sector, and in private practice. He is also an independent trainer, supervisor, and coach. Divine has been a key note speaker at various conferences and continues to give lectures and to facilitate training in different areas of psychotherapy, including the importance of love and attachment in psychological well-being and lifelong development. He has published various papers and book chapters. Divine is also a keen saxophone player and is passionate about music, poetry, art, photography and outdoor pursuits.

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Colin Lago was Director of the University of Sheffield's counselling service from 1987 to 2003 and now works as an independent counsellor/psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has published numerous articles, videos and books on transcultural concerns and psychotherapy. His books include Race, Culture and Counselling: The ongoing challenge; Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (co-edited with Barbara Smith); The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy and The Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: Origins, developments and current applications (co-edited with Divine Charura). His passions include mountain travel, biking, swing dancing and art.

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