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African-Americans - Treatment Impact for PTSD



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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

African Americans: Treatment Impact for PTSD

  • Date Created: 11/ 1/2008
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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African Americans: Treatment Impact for PTSD Author(s):

Robert Jenkins, PhD


As clinicians treat African-American patients with PTSD and other issues, it is very important that they take into account historical, cultural, and societal issues, as well as their personal beliefs and biases that may facilitate and/or hinder the therapeutic process.

In the course Cross Cultural Issues: African-Americans and Treatment Impact for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), information is provided about cross-cultural issues with African-Americans that are helpful to be aware of in the context of both individual and group therapy.

Cultural/societal issues involving power and privilege, African-American Families, multicultural awareness, competence, therapy guidelines, and overall PTSD issues are presented to assist clinicians in facilitating their therapeutic engagement and treatment effectiveness.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Integrate major historical and current cultural and societal issues into case conceptualization and  treatment of African-American clients
  2. Relate the differences in African-American and European-American cultural roots including world views, cultural patterns and themes, values and male/female relations
  3. Employ a culture grid to aid in the conceptualization of the therapist/client relationship when treating African-American clients with PTSD
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