Developing a Black Feminist Analysis for Mental Health Practice: From Theory to Praxis

Lani V. Jones, Michelle A Harris

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Abstract

The use of a Black feminist therapeutic perspective represents an intellectual and practical effort to use racial consciousness to place the authentic reality of Black women at the center of the therapeutic process. From this space, participants formulate the therapeutic assessment, treatment plan, and goals. The ethos of therapy is shaped toward one that is more self-reflective about the limitations of one’s knowledge and ultimately more acknowledging of diversity. This article outlines a blueprint for the use of Black feminism in therapy by providing culturally congruent recommendations for therapists to develop their skills in practice with Black women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-264
Number of pages14
JournalWomen and Therapy
Volume42
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2019

Keywords

  • Black feminism
  • Black women
  • Strong Black Woman
  • clinical practice
  • therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • General Psychology

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