Psychology from the Margins


Rap therapy and Belief Systems Analysis are both culturally sensitive treatment approaches that were developed to treat African Americans. Both of these treatment approaches were developed out of strategies that African Americans have used as means of being resilient in the face of oppressive circumstances. These treatment approaches can be used conjointly to help enhance the well-being of African American clients. Both approaches help clients develop more positive, healthier outlooks and perspectives. Rap therapy can be very helpful in establishing rapport, and helping clients have a comfortable means of expressing their thoughts and feelings. Belief Systems Analysis can provide a framework within which to redirect and reframe perspectives and outlooks. Although literature has not examined the conjoint usages of these therapeutic approaches, they both have been found to have positive impacts independently, and can potentially be enhanced by being used conjointly



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