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Ridley, C. R. (2005). Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and
Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide to Intentional Intervention
(2nd Ed).
Thousand Oaks: Sage

Any counselor or therapist, regardless of race, background, or motive, can engage in unintentional acts of racism. In so doing, they may inadvertently sabotage their own efforts and perpetuate the very problems they seek to overcome. Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy, Second Edition examines the dynamics and effects of racism in counseling with an emphasis on the insidiousness of unintentional racism.

Workable solutions and practical alternatives are proposed with numerous supporting clinical examples included to help counselors and psychotherapists gain new insights into their operational practices, and modify any behaviors that may interfere with a helpful intervention. The Second Edition also provides a new section on the policies and practices of agencies and other insitutions in the mental health system that unintentionally results in service disparities. Macro-system and micro-system interventions are proposed to overcome these disparities.

Key Features:

  • The only book that addresses unintentional racism in counseling and therapy
  • Offers a superb balance of theory and practice
  • Provids problem identification and workable solutions to individual and institutional racism

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