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ERIC Number: ED313635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 17
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Providing Benefit to Black College Students in Counseling Research.
Thompson, Chalmer E.
Counseling psychologists are in ideal positions to address issues pertinent to black college students, particularly via empirical research study and advocacy. The first step towards maximizing benefit to black college students is to respond to their need for personal and community-wide intervention. It is necessary to collaborate with the racial/ethnic community on matters of most urgency to these students. Ties with members of the campus community who are actively involved in research related to black student adjustment and/or attrition need to be generated. Enlisting the assistance of black graduate students in counseling psychology programs is another important way that counselors can provide benefit to the community. Every effort should be made to make the experimental counseling process as meaningful and positive as possible to all students, if not in the actual experiment, then in the debriefing. Allowing black students to explore personal issues may be particularly valuable. It is imperative that feedback be verbalized about research to black students and that these students be provided with ample opportunity to discuss their questions or concerns. Researchers who practice with groups should establish weekly support groups for students in need of services. These strategies for providing benefit are useful only if research practices that unfairly characterize blacks are avoided. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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