Developing Culturally Competent Marriage and Family Therapists: Treatment Guidelines for Non-African-American Therapists Working with African-American Families
African Americans, marriage and family therapy, religion
To serve African‐American families effectively, marriage and family therapists need to develop a level of cultural competence. This content analysis of the relevant treatment literature was conducted to examine the most common expert recommendations for family therapy with African Americans. Fifteen specific guidelines were generated, including orient the family to therapy, do not assume familiarity, address issue of racism, intervene multi‐systemically, do home visits, use problem‐solving focus, involve religious leader, incorporate the father, and acknowledge strengths. conceptual and empirical support for each guideline is discussed, and conclusions are made regarding culturally conpetent therapy with African‐American families.
Original Publication Citation
Bean, R. A., *Perry, B. J., & *Bedell, T. M. (2002). Developing culturally competent marriage and family therapists: Important treatment guidelines for non-African American therapists working with African American families. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28(2), 153-164.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bean, Roy A.; Perry, Benjamin J.; and Bedell, Tina M., "Developing Culturally Competent Marriage and Family Therapists: Treatment Guidelines for Non-African-American Therapists Working with African-American Families" (2002). Faculty Publications. 5045.
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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