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As presented in this Case Study>>>>>The Carters are a middle-class family who live in a predominantly white area. Mrs. Carter is African American, and Mr. Carter is European American. They are concerned as their son James, a junior in high school and honors student, is adopting music, clothing, and behaviors associated with low-SES African-Americans when they have tried to raise him not to identify with those parts of Black culture. In the past month they have experienced conflict with James who has challenged their expectations. They have also noticed that he has smelled of alcohol when returning home from spending the evening at friend's house, and just this week they received a call from one of James' teachers reporting he may fail a class.
1) Considering racial identity development models and as a Mental Health Counselor, how might you best assist the Carters from a marriage and family, mental health, and school counseling perspective?
As a Mental Health Counselor, Carters should be assisted to understand the identity crisis issue of their son James. They should be assisted to accept that James is in the process of exploring his racial identity and because he has an ambiguous ethinic Identity, they should not force him to conform to his European -American identity. They should be assisted to resolve their own ambiguity regarding the concept of the racial identity of their child,and thus,help them in developing a healthy racial identity in James.
From the perspective of school counseling ,James should be facilitated for conversation about his confusion regarding his racial identity and issue that he is facing. He must be assisted to explore his racial identity and must be helped to develop a healthy sense of self-identity. The actual reasons for his poor academic performance should be discussed and should be assisted to have improvement by helping him to solve his issues.
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