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. The volume is replete with illustrative clinical material and pointers for practice. 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.
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Leslie Jackson, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at Georgia State University and a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta. An experienced clinician, teacher, and consultant, Dr. Jackson is an active presenter at professional workshops and conferences. Her research and publications focus on diversity issues in training and service delivery. Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology at St. John's University and a certified clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Dr. Greene has received numerous national awards for distinguished scholarly and professional contributions. Her publications include "Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy" (coedited with Lillian Comas-Diaz).
The New Multiculturalism and Psychodynamic Theory: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and African American Women, Jackson. The Interweaving of Cultural and Intrapsychic Issues in the Therapeutic Relationship, Shorter-Gooden, Jackson. Individual and Group Psychotherapy with African American Women: Understanding the Identity and Context of the Therapist and Patient, Adams. The Stone Center Theoretical Approach Revisited: Applications for African American Women, Jenkins. African American Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Feminist Psychodynamic Psychotherapies: Surviving and Thriving between a Rock and a Hard Place, Greene. The Courage to Hear: African American Women's Memories of Racial Trauma, Daniel. The African American Supervisor: The Racial Transference and Countertransference in Interracial Psychotherapy Supervision, Owens-Patterson. Hair Texture, Length, and Style as a Metaphor in the African American Mother Daughter Relationship: Considerations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Greene, White and Whitten. Finding the Lost Part: Identitiy and the Black/White Biracial Client, Shorter-Gooden. Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy with African American Women: The Bad Mother in All-Female Groups, White. The Icon of the Strong Black Woman: The Paradox of Strength, Romero. African American Women and Moral Masochism: When There Is Too Much of a Good Thing, Thompson. Feminist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with African American Women: Some Differences, Trotman. African American and American Jew: A Tale of Two Women Searching for Home, Thompson.
"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 Associa
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