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Addressing Racism: Facilitating Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings

ISBN: 978-0-471-77997-1
320 pages
April 2006
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Learn to identify and combat unintentional and overt racism

This provocative book identifies and addresses racism in mental health and educational settings, providing proven strategies for overcoming this stubborn barrier to culturally competent practice. While addressing overt forms of racism, the book also explores and sensitizes practitioners to covert and unintentional forms of racism that may be equally detrimental in denying persons of color access to unbiased, high-quality education and mental health care.

Despite the dismantling of overt racist policies, such as segregated schooling, and the implementation of policies aimed at remedying racial inequities, such as affirmative action, racism continues to persist in American society. Drs. Madonna Constantine and Derald Wing Sue, two of the leading researchers and advocates for multicultural competence, have collected sixteen thought-provoking and challenging chapters on the many ways that racism can affect a practitioner's interactions in mental health and school settings. These contributions collectively bring to the forefront highly charged issues that need to be discussed, but are too often hidden away.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • What Do We Know about Racism?
  • Racism in Mental Health Contexts
  • Racism in Educational Settings
  • Eradicating Racism: Future Directions

Faced with the responsibility of understanding multiple oppressions and the intersections of racism with sexism, classism, and heterosexism, mental health practitioners and educators must be vigilant of their personal role in perpetuating racism. This collected work will help you identify forms of racism, both within yourself and the systems you work in, and then implement strategies to eliminate them.

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Preface.

Contributors.

Part I: What Do We Know about Racism?

1 RacisminMental Health and Education Settings: A Brief Overview (Madonna G. Constantine).

2 The Invisible Whiteness of Being: Whiteness, White Supremacy, White Privilege, and Racism (Derald Wing Sue).

Part II: Racism in Mental Health Contexts.

3 Institutional Racism against African Americans: Physical and Mental Health Implications (Madonna G. Constantine).

4 The Intersection of Racism and Immigration: Implications for Educational and Counseling Practice (Eric C. Chen and Jennie Park-Taylor).

5 Linking Poverty, Classism, and Racism in Mental Health: Overcoming Barriers to Multicultural Competency (William Ming Liu, Jovan Hernandez, Amina Mahmood, and Ren Stinson).

6 Intersections of Sexism and Heterosexism with Racism: Therapeutic Implications (Marie L. Miville and Angela D. Ferguson).

7 Healing Collective Wounds from Racism: The Community Forum Model (Barbara C. Wallace).

Part III: Racism in Educational Settings.

8 The Impact of Racialized Schools and Racist (Mis)Education on African American Students’ Academic Identity (Kevin Cokley).

9 “Nice Kids,” the N-Word, and Signs of Respect: Culturally Relevant Knowledge of Urban Youth (Wendy Luttrell, James C. Holland, and Janie Ward).

10 Racism and Racial Harassment in Schools (R. Murray Thomas).

11 Eliminating Deficit Orientations: Creating Classrooms and Curricula for Gifted Students from Diverse Cultural Backgrounds (Donna Y. Ford, James L. Moore III, and Gilman W. Whiting).

12 Tracing Institutional Racism in Higher Education: Academic Practices of Latino Male Undergraduates (Julie López Figueroa and Eugene E. García).

13 Guidelines for Evaluating the Racial and Cultural Environment of Graduate Training Programs in Professional Psychology (Shawn O. Utsey, Christina Grange, and Renee Allyne).

Part IV: Eradicating Racism: Future Directions.

14 Five Antiracism Strategies (Paul Pedersen).

15 In Liberty and Justice for All: A Comprehensive Approach to Ameliorating the Complex Problems of White Racism and White Superiority in the United States (Michael D’Andrea).

16 The Pursuit of Social Justice and the Elimination of Racism (Elizabeth M. Vera, Larisa Buhin, and Richard Q. Shin).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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MADONNA G. CONSTANTINE, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a highly esteemed researcher in the area of multicultural counseling, and she serves in leadership capacities in various counseling and psychological associations across the country.

DERALD WING SUE, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a joint appointment with the Columbia University School of Social Work. He is the coauthor with David Sue of Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Fourth Edition (Wiley), the most widely used multicultural text in counseling and psychology programs.
Drs. Constantine and Sue are also the editors of Strategies for Building Multicultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings (Wiley).

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"What most impresses me about this book is its intellectual candor. It takes courage to write on a topic that is still considered taboo in educational and especially mental health settings. This text is a must-read for professionals in educational and mental health settings." (PsycCRITIQUES; 8/15/07)
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