Culturally Adapted Family Treatment Paper

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Culturally Adapted Family Treatment Paper
Launita J.
Grand Canyon University
October 10, 2012

Culturally Adapted Family Treatment Paper
When an individual is suffering with a substance abuse disorder it affects the entire family. One’s family must come together to help his or her loved one to overcome and achieve the necessary goals in life to sustain his or her addiction. Within this paper one will locate the integrated concepts of family structure and process, treatment outcome predictors, and basic counseling skills that are associated with African Americans.
Family structure plays an important role within the African American culture. TIP #39 (2005) states, that a
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Boyd-Franklin (2003) states that family psychologists must be cautioned against stereotyping when counseling African American families. With African American families being affected by crime, violence, drugs, and homelessness, the therapist must fully understand the issues that affect African Americans with both social class and racial issues. African Americans do not accept counseling or therapists easily. They may not trust a therapist due to anti-spiritual reasons. The therapist should meet with the entire family to gain trust, especially if the family is forced to do therapy (Boyd-Franklin, 2003). If an African American family builds trust in the therapist the counseling sessions can be beneficial if concerns and fears are addressed. African Americans may feel that an African American therapist is part of the system and still be hesitant to counseling. However if the therapist is of another cultural background, the family may be very hesitant to working with that therapist. African Americans are judgmental of their lives or circumstances and will make sure he or she is respected before being too comfortable with a therapist. A therapist should ask a family if they are comfortable with working with a therapist of another culture to allow an opening for race to be discussed within the counseling session (Boyd-Franklin, 2003).
African American women are faced with twice the amount of issues than others due to racism and sexism in today’s

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