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ERIC Number: ED128667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
The Black Person as Client and as Therapist.
Banks, Hugh C.
This paper investigates particular aspects of the black person as client and therapist. It emphasizes the importance of heterogeneity within the black population in the understanding of the black client, the black therapist and their interaction. There are important differences between blacks due to urban vs. rural background; socioeconomic status; religious affiliation; education; etc. A stereotype of "The Black" is thus misleading. Both client and therapist must acknowledge and deal with the effects of the black stereotype in their interactions, as they can make a difference in the therapeutic outcome. It is noted that, although the black professional therapist will typically be a member of the middle or upper class, this is not necessarily true of the client. The therapist should be aware of different cultural styles among black people, especially those with whom he intends to work. Such awareness will also help the therapist strengthen his own racial identity. In the therapist-client interaction, the twin dangers of over- and under-emphasis on the importance of race are noted. The ways in which racial issues are to be resolved will depend on the particular case. (NG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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