EXPLORATION IN PRIVILEGE, OPPRESSION AND DIVERSITY features mental health practitioners' and faculty members' personal stories of people becoming aware of their own privilege and discovering what it means to become an ally and show personal compassion to those who are different and discriminated against because of that difference. In acknowledgement of the challenging process of self-explorations to which all practitioners must submit themselves, Anderson and Middleton conceived a realistic text that educates practitioners and students on matters of privilege, oppression, and diversity and illuminates their impact on work with clients, colleagues, students, and associates. Each reading is meant to prompt readers into a self reflective process that could relate to practice implications and direct application of the issue raised, while discussion questions at the end of each story provide readers with an excellent opportunity to process these issues on a personal level. By studying the true stories that reveal these professionals' insights and understanding, readers learn how to recognize, struggle with, and accept their own privilege and thus become stronger, more effective practitioners.
Dr. Sharon K. Anderson graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor in ?the counseling graduate program at Colorado State University. Dr. Anderson has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters. She researches and writes in the area of professional ethics in psychology and counseling and multicultural issues in education.
Dr. Valerie Middleton is an associate professor-at the School of Education and has written several pieces on multicultural issues. She is the lead instructor for the multicultural class for the masters and doctoral level counseling students within the program. In addition to teaching multicultural issues, Dr. Middleton has trained on diversity at many institutions.
Introduction. Part I: STORIES OF PRIVILEGE. 1. Stories of White Privilege. White Out: Privilege and its Problems by Heidi Zetzer. Supposed to Know Better: On Accepting Privilege by Deborah Megivern. White Male Privilege in the Context of My Life by Rich Furman. 2. Stories of Socioeconomic Privilege. Understanding and Experiencing Class Privilege in Psychological Research by Colleen Loomis. Deprivations and Privileges We All Have by Ma. Teresa Tuason. 3. Stories of Able-Bodied Privilege. Seeing Through Another Lens by Kaying Lo. Dirty Secrets and Unholy Unions: Disability-Based Oppression and Privilege by Paul Priester. 4. Stories of Heterosexual Privilege. Increasing Awareness of Heterosexism and Homophobia: A Personal and Professional Exploration by Allison Cashwell. Reflections on Heterosexual Privilege by S. Cherice Sommer, Suzanne Weatherman, and Deborah Cox. 5. Story of Sexism. Men Can't Be Raped: The Challenge of Sexism in Counseling by Heather Trepal. Part II: ISSUES RELATED TO PRIVILEGE. 6. Stories of Assumed Privilege. Assumed Heterosexual: A Double-Edged Sword by Allan Barsky. "Who Me? White?" The Process of Acknowledging and Challenging Racial Privilege by Helen Deines. No Parece: The Privilege and Prejudice Inherent in Being a Light-Skinned Latino Without an Accent by Edward A. Delgado-Romero. 7. Stories of Internalized Oppression, Acculturation and Assimilation. Oppression of the Spirit: Complexities in the Counseling Encounter by Didya Choudhuri. Acculturation and Identity: Intra-Ethnic Distinctions among Mexican-Americans by Genaro Gonzalez. Unmasking Within-Group Prejudice: A Case Study by Felice Lichaw and Marya Howell-Carter. 8. Stories of Personal Compassion and Being Allies. Personal Compassion and Alliance Building: Observations of an Asian-American Professor by Matthew Mock. Going through Cultural Barriers in Counseling by Ruth Chao. Tales from the Heart of Dixie: Using White Privilege to Fight Racism by Becky J. Liddle. Yes, I See You're Committed to the Cause But Where's Your Credibility, and Why That Angst? by David MacPhee. A Multiracial Unity Group for Graduate Students by Barbara Gormley.