Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S.
ORG AC700 - Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S.
This course focuses on the
experiences of individuals of Black/African and Caribbean descent in the United
States. It reviews the history,
background and the interplay of social-cultural variables that are critical in
understanding and addressing the mental health needs of these culturally
diverse populations. Topics of discussion will include the migration
experience, acculturation process, assigned ethnic minority status, prejudice
and discrimination, educational and socioeconomic characteristics, customs and
values that influence health beliefs and help-seeking behaviors, and
spiritual/religious traditions and practices. The course will expose students to
theories and practices that promote cultural competence, and
increase their knowledge of factors that are germane to the provision of
culturally-sensitive psychotherapeutic services to Black/African,
African-American and Caribbean individuals, families and communities.