Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections on Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services / Edition 1

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First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes how the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), a social service agency in New York City, dealt with racial and cultural issues. Their goal was to go beyond cultural competence and to expose subtle racist policies in their own organization. They realized that as these important policy changes were made, they would be able to more effectively meet the needs of the diverse population they serve.
Purpose: In the Preface, the editors explain their purpose: "We came together because we share a common concern that racism is taking a horrific toll on the clients we serve, the community and nation we live in, and us as citizens and professional helpers."
Audience: Social service agency administrators and clinicians would benefit greatly from this book.
Features: This book does not hold anything back as the authors discuss how slavery and racism has affected the very core of our society and institutional policies. It is a thoughtful discussion, though painful to hear, especially for European-Americans, who have enjoyed "white privilege" for centuries. The book is easy to read and includes good case illustrations. The chapter on battered women is enlightening in the way it details how difficult it is for a woman of color who is being battered, having so few options and insufficient emotional support. The final chapter, "Owning Whiteness: The Reinvention of Self and Practice," challenges European-American therapists to acknowledge "white privilege" and confront racist practices in America. This frank discussion reveals long held secrets.
Assessment: The social service organization described here was willing to accept responsibility and change racist practices which they were not aware of. These ideas are so embedded in American culture and values that we barely know they exist, especially if we are part of the majority culture. However, minorities have suffered for years and this book reveals the oppression quite clearly. The authors speak with one voice and readers will not be disappointed. They should be ready to examine their hearts and admit things that few are willing to, especially if they have benefited from racist practices and policies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789031099
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors     xv
Foreword: From a Multicultural Institution to an Antiracist Institution: A Traditional Jewish Organization Meets the Challenge   Mary Pender Greene   Alan Siskind     xxi
Preface     xxix
Acknowledgments     xxxi
The Emotional and Psychological Impact of Racism
Violence: The Inarticulate Language of Hate, Dread, and Despair: An Introduction to Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections on Urban Practice   Warren C. Lyons     1
Racism and Invisibility: Race-Related Stress, Emotional Abuse and Psychological Trauma for People of Color   Anderson J. Franklin   Nancy Boyd-Franklin   Shalonda Kelly     9
The Impact of Racism on Social Functioning: Is It Skin Deep?   Barbara L. Edwards     31
Culture and Identity in the Context of Racism
Immigrant West Indian Families and Their Struggles with Racism in America   Dadrene Hine-St. Hilaire     47
Social Work Practice with Mexican Clients: Service Provision with Illegal Entrants to the United States   Pia Hargrove     61
Triple Trouble: Battered Women of Color-"Being Black, Being Battered and Being Female I Ask Myself, Where Do I Begin?"   Janet A. Geller   Jacqueline Miller   Patricia Churchill     77
Building Antiracist Systems in Social Services and MentalHealth
A Hope for Foster Care: Agency Executives in Partnerships with Parent Leaders   Kathleen McGlade   Joseph Ackerman     97
Not So Black and White: Shades of Gray and Brown in Antiracist Multicultural Team Building in a Domestic Violence Shelter   Lisa V. Blitz   Linda C. Illidge     113
Applying an Antiracist Framework to a Residential Treatment Center: Sanctuary, a Model for Change   Caroline Peacock   George Daniels     135
Racial Identity in Treatment
Coming Together and Falling Apart: Looking at Relationship   Libbe H. Madsen     155
Can You Feel Me Now? Worldview, Empathy, and Racial Identity in a Therapy Dyad   Benjamin G. Kohl, Jr.     173
Color Me Beautiful: Racism, Identity Formation, and Art Therapy   Eileen P. McGann     197
Racial Identity Development of the Therapist
Internalized Racism of the Clinician and the Treatment Dynamic   Rene T. Chapman     219
Staying Whole in a Fragmented World: One Afro-Caribbean Social Worker's Journey Through Wholeness-A Psycho-Spiritual Perspective   Lesley Samuel-Young     229
Owning Whiteness: The Reinvention of Self and Practice   Lisa V. Blitz     241
Index     265
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