African Americans have faced generations of discrimination
African Americans have faced generations of discrimination and prejudice. As a result, there is often a mistrust of organized services such as professional counseling.
In addition to the trust issues, cultural beliefs often drive individuals from the African American community to turn toward the church for help before seeking
professional counseling services. Within the African American community, mental health issues often hold a large stigma. Together, all of these elements present some
challenges to providing effective counseling services to African Americans.
This assignment will help you to examine strategies for providing services to African American clients.
watch the video “Snapping the Chain.” To prepare for this assignment, reflect on the following questions (one or two pages).
Snapping the Chain video link:
How can counselors work to lessen the effects of racism and discrimination that have impacted African Americans? (1-2 paragraphs)
What role can counselors play in reducing the stigma related to mental illness in the African American community? (1-2 paragraphs)
What ethical and legal issues are important to address from the video. How might these issues be related to perceptions of counseling? (1-2 paragraphs)
Reflect on your learning experience related to counseling African Americans across the lifespan. Discuss how you can better serve African American clients in your
school or clinic. (2-4 paragraphs).