I feel that the psychologist should have culture self-awareness before they are able to treat an African American client and put their beliefs or stereotypes behind them and really try to understand the client before treatment. Psychologist should understand the African community before taking on the case because if a doctor without understanding try to diagnosis an individual especially a person of an African American culture base on the description in the DSM text, the doctor can easily misdiagnosis an individual. Cu...
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...out that the child has aggression, will insist that the child has some type of mental disorder, and be quick to recommend that the child should be on some type of medication. That goes back to why I feel that for a psychologist to treat an African American person they have to get to know the culture overall adults and children.
In conclusion I feel that a psychologist have to know someone’s culture before they can treat them and diagnosis especially in African American people. Also I feel that before the start of treatment psychologists should have culture self-awareness and culture competence before treating black clients particularly those who are from low-income neighborhoods. And I have supported my opinion with evidence that inform the reader that culture plays an important role in dialog, treatment, and misdiagnosis especially those that are African American.
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