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William H George
PSYCH 580
Seattle Campus

Minority Mental Health

Surveys topics on mental health and treatment of racial and ethnic minorities. Theory emphases include: models addressing ethnic identity, cross-cultural differences, models of culturally sensitive intervention. Practice emphases include unique psychotherapy strategies for: African-, Asian-, and Latino-Americans, and American Indians. Prerequisite: graduate clinical major standing in psychology, or permission of instructor.

Class description

This course surveys selected issues from the literature pertaining to the mental health and treatment of individuals from racial/ethnic minority groups. Background coverage includes consideration of ethics and definitions of race and racism. Theory oriented emphases include models of ethnic identity development and models of culturally sensitive treatment. Practice oriented emphases include unique issues and psychotherapy strategies applicable to each of four specific minority groups: African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino American. For each group, selected historical matters pertaining to its sociological/psychological lineage (in the U.S.) and related mental health ramifications will be considered.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The format for this course emphasizes lectures, films, and group discussion. There will also be presentations from local mental health professionals.

Recommended preparation

Doctoral-level graduate courses in the Psychology Department pertaining to the topics psychopathology, assessment, or psychotherapy treatments.

Class assignments and grading

Reading materials are assigned to be read prior to each class meeting. It is expected that students will come to class prepared with questions and comments about the assigned readings. Each student is required to prepare a paper on any topic related to the course content, provided that it is not a topic covered extensively by the assigned readings. A list of sample topics will be provided. Topics should be cleared with the instructor. The 15-20 page paper will be due at the end of the quarter.

Grading for the course will be based on the paper and participation in class discussion.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth J Rutherford
Date: 09/21/2004