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Title: Black therapists-white clients : an exploration of experiences in cross-cultural therapy
Author: Patel, Meenaxi
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 1996
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The present study investigated the experiences of black clinical psychologists working crossculturally. Grounded theory approach was used to examine the themes, and analysis revealed that accounts given of participants' experiences are strongly influenced by their identity as black professionals. This comprised two identities. One identity was based upon personal experiences as a black person, and the other, the identity assumed as a trainee on a clinical psychology training course. Findings suggest there is currently a neglect of the specific training needs of black clinical psychologists. Many factors, including knowledge of white culture, models taught on training courses being predominantly geared towards working with white clients, and other joining factors such as age and gender, have enabled black trainees to work with white clients. However, interviewees experienced difficulties discussing issues of race within the interviews and denied experiences of racism. Various needs of black trainees were identified. These included the need for training courses to acknowledge the blackness of ethnic minority trainees and enable them to discuss issues around this, including the need to explore ways of dealing with racism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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