ERIC Number: ED337554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Black Student/White Counselor: Developing Effective Relationships. Expanded Second Edition, 1991.
Bynum, Alvin S.
Knowledge and practical techniques are provided to help the white college counselor develop relationships with black students that can help the students reach their full potential. A sociocultural and historical overview of the black student's world, with a review of important literature in the field, gives background that white counselors can use to create supportive environments and help students adjust to higher education. A holistic approach is advocated to recognize the influence of black family ties and the impact of black culture and tradition. A racial distance index is included to help counselors recognize and manage their own racial biases. Counselors are urged to construct a "personal action plan" by following suggestions for changing attitudes and working through the five case studies that are included. It is concluded that empathetic understanding plus a good knowledge of client social sciences will provide a springboard for effective relationship development, even when the differing conditions of race or culture enter the counseling session. Attachments present the following items: (1) a 113-item bibliography; (2) an annotated resource list of 16 works; (3) an outline of procedures for establishing a list of community resources; (4) an outline of a holistic counseling process; (5) an outline of a personal action plan; and (6) a subject and author index. (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Black History, Black Students, Case Studies, College Students, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Role, Cultural Awareness, Higher Education, Holistic Approach, Literature Reviews, Racial Bias, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Whites
Alexandria Books, Inc., P.O. Box 2768, Indianapolis, IN 46206 ($17.50, 20% discount to college book stores and jobbers).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For the first edition, see ED 293 971.