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Reenvisioning Therapy with Women of Color
A Black Feminist Healing Perspective
Lani V. Jones
ISBN: 978-0-87101-552-5. 2020. Item #5525. 160 pages.
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The psychosocial realities faced by Women of Color in the United States are daunting. Long stereotyped as "strong" and "sassy," Women of Color shoulder the weight of others' burdens, compromising their emotional well-being. They are overworked and underpaid, are more likely to be single parents, are at higher risk for intimate partner and community violence, and are underserved in mental health and substance abuse services. Moreover, Women of Color face a daily onslaught of disrespect, denigration, and microaggressions in our racist, patriarchal, and misogynistic culture. Acknowledging and addressing these realities requires practitioners to systematically analyze Women of Color’s oppressions and liberation processes from a Black feminist perspective, informed by politics, race, and sexual and gender identity.

This unique and unapologetic book vividly explores the complex mental health experiences of Women of Color and gives therapists and educators a deeper understanding of the complex problems that Women of Color bring into treatment. With the goal of assisting therapists in developing foundational culturally responsive intervention skills, Lani V. Jones presents key elements and proficiencies critical to Black feminist therapeutic philosophy, theory, and practice. Through numerous anecdotes and case studies, Jones takes a person-centered, politically informed perspective that positions therapy within a cultural context, privileging race, gender, sexuality, and so on. She also provides insight into key paradigm shifts, such as moving the field from deficit models of psychosocial competence to culturally relevant methods that focus on resilience, strengths, and spirituality.

Non-White women will be the majority of all women in the United States by 2060. By incorporating Black feminist theory into existing treatment models, therapists can develop a power-balanced relationship with Women of Color and adopt a healing approach geared toward their needs.

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Chapter 1: Women of Color’s Mental Health Matters:
Mujeres de Color, en la Lucha (Women of Color,
in the Struggle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter 2: Developing a Black Feminist Analysis for
Mental Health Practice: From Theory to Praxis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Chapter 3: Culturally Responsive Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Chapter 4: Understanding Power and Powerlessness in
Therapy with Women of Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Chapter 5: Applying Black Feminist Therapy Approaches to
Women of Color in Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Chapter 6: Case Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Chapter 7: Claiming Your Connections: An Evidence-Based
Psychosocial Competence Group Intervention Grounded
in Black Feminism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Black Feminist Therapy,
a 21st Century Imperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Appendix: Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
Lani V. Jones, PhD, LICSW, is a Black feminist scholar and therapist. She is a professor in the School of Social Welfare and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing therapy to Women of Color. Her research and scholarship are concentrated in the area of mental health practice research with a focus on enhancing psychosocial competence among Women of Color. Her work includes African Americans and Depression: Signs, Awareness, Treatments, and Interventions (Rowman & Littlefield) and numerous articles and book chapters.
"Debunking the notion of 'competence,' Jones provides critical skills one can develop, both in terms of knowledge and techniques, that will enable cultural responsiveness to the experiences of Women of Color. Going beyond an overly simplistic feminist approach, the author invites readers to see through a nuanced, multifaceted lens that takes into consideration issues of racism, sexism, powerism, and other 'isms.' This expansive view of Black feminist healing provides readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to 'hold space,' and to have that space encourage and facilitate deep healing."


Kendra C. Roberson, PhD, LCSW-S, RYT
Practicing psychotherapist, Brownsville, TX