Experiences of perceived racism and discrimination related to race and gender have a marked negative effect on African American women . Recent research has demonstrated a significant relationship between perceived discrimination and poorer psychological and physical health for Black women. African American women tend to report lower levels of willingness to seek psychological help and lower levels of trust in the healthcare system.
It is imperative to acknowledge the conditions in which many African Americans live, as their environments contribute to the development of many pathologized behaviors. In order to effectively navigate these ongoing stressors, interventions and practices must be culturally informed. Black history knowledge is foundational for ongoing psychological liberation, informing the ways in which barriers such as negative racial experiences are perceived and managed by African Americans, as well as those who identify as Black. This presentation demonstrates how counselors can utilize radical healing, cultural humility, and Black history knowledge to better meet the needs of their clients.
A’Sharee Brown, APCC and Dr. Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
The video in this course was recorded from a live presentation.