Focusing on the breadth of issues that affect psychotherapy with African American women, this unique volume is designed to help clinicians develop a broader understanding of what is useful and what is problematic when applying psychodynamic concepts to their clients. From an array of seasoned clinicians, chapters present innovative and creative reformulations of theory and technique that build upon and challenge existing models. The volume is replete with illustrative clinical material and pointers for practice. Issues addressed include the psychological dilemmas confronting diverse African American women as they negotiate a society that is hostile to them on multiple levels; how ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences come into play within the therapeutic dyad; and approaches to unraveling the complex interplay of sociopolitical, intrapsychic, and interpersonal concerns in treatment.
Table of Contents
1. The New Multiculturalism and Psychodynamic Theory: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and African American Women, Jackson
2. The Interweaving of Cultural and Intrapsychic Issues in the Therapeutic Relationship, Shorter- Gooden and Jackson
3. Individual and Group Psychotherapy with African American Women: Understanding the Identity and Context of the Therapist and Patient, Adams
4. The Stone Center Theoretical Approach Revisited: Applications for African American Women, Jenkins
5. African American Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Feminist Psychodynamic Psychotherapies: Surviving and Thriving between a Rock and a Hard Place, Greene
6. The Courage to Hear: African American Women's Memories of Racial Trauma, Daniel
7. The African American Supervisor: Racial Transference and Countertransference in Interracial Psychotherapy Supervision, Owens-Patterson
8. Hair Texture, Length, and Style as a Metaphor in the African American Mother Daughter Relationship: Considerations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Greene, White, and Whitten
9. Finding the Lost Part: Identity and the Black/ White Biracial Client, Shorter-Gooden
10. Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy with African American Women: The Bad Mother in All- Female Groups, White
11. The Icon of the Strong Black Woman: The Paradox of Strength, Romero
12. African American Women and Moral Masochism: When There Is Too Much of a Good Thing, Thompson
13. Feminist and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with African American Women: Some Differences, Trotman
14. African American and American Jew: A Tale of Two Women Searching for Home, Thompson
Winners (Chapters 5 & 8)--the 2000 APA Division 35 Psychotherapy with Women Award
Winner(Chapter 5)-- Association for Women in Psychology 10th Annual Women of Color Psychologies Award
"This volume fills a void in the psychotherapy literature. It will be instrumental in making psychodynamic psychotherapy safer and more responsive to the needs and realities of African-American women."
-Mary Hayden, PhD, Chair, Distinguished Publication and Career Award Association for Women in Psychology
"Jackson and Greene, experienced scholars and clinicians, have provided an important text and guide to the complexities of psychodynamic therapy with African American women. This thoughtful book reaches into the heart of our culture and extracts essential knowledge to help African American women thrive and help therapists reach a deeper understanding of their reality."
-Gail E. Wyatt, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; author of Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives
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