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Raising the Issue of Race in Therapy

Finding the Connection between Personal and Cultural Struggles

Marlene Watson • 12/3/2013

The black shadow is a mostly unconscious, deep-seated belief in the myth of black inferiority. A term I coined myself, the black shadow serves to encapsulate the dysfunctional racist belief, promulgated in America since times of slavery and internalized in African Americans, that blacks are less worthy than whites.

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The Black Shadow: Facing the Taboo Issue of Race in the Consulting Room

Marlene Watson • 11/5/2013

Raising the issue of race in therapy can help African American clients connect their personal struggles to an enduring cultural legacy that many insist isn’t supposed to matter anymore.

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Raising the Issue of Race in Therapy

Finding the Connection between Personal and Cultural Struggles

Marlene Watson • 12/3/2013

The black shadow is a mostly unconscious, deep-seated belief in the myth of black inferiority. A term I coined myself, the black shadow serves to encapsulate the dysfunctional racist belief, promulgated in America since times of slavery and internalized in African Americans, that blacks are less worthy than whites.

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Case Study

The Black Shadow: Facing the Taboo Issue of Race in the Consulting Room

Marlene Watson • 11/5/2013

Raising the issue of race in therapy can help African American clients connect their personal struggles to an enduring cultural legacy that many insist isn’t supposed to matter anymore.

Magazine Article
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Marlene Watson, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., is an associate professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She's the author of the e-book Facing the Black Shadow.