What does RBP mean for diagnosis, clinical intervention, multi-cultural counseling, advocacy, and ethics?
America’s current landscape is a highly charged socio-political terrain, where racial, ethnic, political, religious and cultural minority groups may present in counseling with high levels of stress and trauma, often referred to as Racial Battle Fatigue (RBF), a term coined by Critical Race Theorist William Smith. The presentation of multi-generational issues along with the lived experiences of Racial Battle Fatigue from micro-and macro-aggression are magnified in a time of documented public violence and bias-related incidents, and are complicated by a pandemic that's affecting Black and Brown people at disproportionate rates.
Against this backdrop, it is imperative for counselors to have: (1) an understanding of the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies that represent ethical and responsible clinical practice, and (2) a model for understanding the clients’ experiences, stressors and emerging concerns about hate crimes, police brutality, domestic terrorism, genocide and other mass atrocities. These contemporary issues necessitate that counselors be ready to attend to cultural differences in counseling, and that they be prepared to address power dynamics, issues of equity, and oppression in all of its forms. This workshop applies a genocide awareness and prevention model from George Mason University professor Dr. Gregory Stanton to the work of mental health providers. In this course, we we discuss some important concerns for responding to minority and marginalized clients at a time when socio-political elements may cause or contribute to their presenting concerns.