Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence

by Rehman Abdulrehman

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 53

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Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence

Product Description

Learn to understand how you see others with this no-nonsense, practical guide

  • Teaches cultural humility
  • Provides practical guidance
  • Addresses internalized racism

In today’s society, anti-racist cultural competence is an essential skill and not something meant only to be addressed by some. Issues tied to resolving racism and understanding and including diverse cultural points of view remain highly conflictual – and the ability to deal with these issues effectively is often hindered by fear, anxiety, and a misunderstanding of what it means to be culturally competent without making people feel like outsiders. While many other models of cultural competence approach the issue as though looking into a fishbowl, this book views the issue as everyone swimming in the water together, as part of a common ecosystem and community.

Abdulrehman provides a direct, no-nonsense, and practical approach to this challenging and complex topic, using real-life examples to help the reader to approach sensitive cultural issues confidently and humbly. He looks in detail at how we can understand our biases and how they impact our engagement and trust with marginalized people of color. The less addressed issues of ethnic and cultural identity development, and understanding internalized racism and how it too can impact cross-cultural engagement are also presented. This book provides a unique perspective that addresses anti-racism and cross-cultural interactions as a process for better understanding how you see the world – a very different process than merely describing how others see the world differently from you. This volume is suitable not only for psychology professionals, but anyone who wants to explore what it means to be anti-racist and culturally competent.

Praise for the book

“Dr. Abdulrehman has spent his career focusing on multicultural psychology, helping individuals see the world through a multicultural lens. He conceptualizes anti-racist cultural competence as a way to assist individuals understand how one’s race, ethnicity, culture, and experiences shape their view of the world, the way they interact with others, and, for clinicians, the impact on the therapeutic relationship and treatment outcome.
Using a social justice framework, Dr. Abdulrehman explains the complexities involved in race and culture in this book. Core concepts and terms, such as internalized racism, code switching, and cultural congruence, are explained in a way that readers can easily understand. In addition to presenting the results of his research spanning many years, he uses personal experiences and examples to underscore his points.His thoughts and recommendations are clear and concise, and thus easy to implement and integrate into the therapeutic environment. Of course, it is not easy to change thought processes as this requires much self-examination and challenging preconceived and learned thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Abdulrehman has kept this in mind in presenting the material. Although he frequently presents material from his Canadian background, experiences, and perspectives, the concepts apply globally. The material covers a range of topics, from basic concepts to characteristics of the clinician and how these impact the therapeutic relationship.I highly recommend this book for clinicians and others who are interested in enhancing their cultural competence and being a part of a more equitable society.”

Jennifer F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP, Licensed Psychologist; 2021 President, American Psychological Association

“In this book, Dr. Abdulrehman walks the reader through concrete steps to become a culturally aware and anti-racist therapist. It is written in an accessible way, summarizing a growing literature on the impact of racism on communities of color and how clinicians can respond. His nuanced and intersectional descriptions are in stark contrast to many books that tend to teach cultural competence through a “tourist” lens. The author's use of self-disclosure and case examples from his own practice to illustrate the concepts in the book are especially impactful.”
Ana J. Bridges, PhD, Director, Diversity Research and Enhanced Access for Minorities (DREAM) Lab, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

“I highly recommend this excellent resource for developing anti-racist cultural competence. In addition to providing useful clinical material, it addresses important topics such as intersecting identities, internalized racism, and the role of practitioners outside the therapy room.”
Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, Clinical Professor, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Author, Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence

“An eye-opening exploration of cultural assimilation and its impact on identity. In Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence, Rehman Abdulrehman challenges prevailing biases surrounding cross-cultural work, shedding light on the complexities of cultural identity and self-worth. Through insightful analysis and real-world examples, this book delves into the nuances of cultural preservation versus assimilation, urging readers to reconsider preconceived notions and embrace self-determination. A must-read for practitioners and individuals navigating the intersection of culture, identity, and mental health.”
Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP, Board-Certified Behavioral & Cognitive Psychologist; Founder of Renewed Freedom Center; Board Member of International OCD Foundation; Author of Hello Baby, Goodbye Intrusive Thoughts

“In a world thirsting for equity and justice, Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence by Rehman Abdulrehman stands as a beacon of enlightenment and empowerment. In this crucial moment of societal introspection, Abdulrehman's work emerges as an indispensable guide for individuals and institutions committed to dismantling systemic racism.
Abdulrehman's approach is refreshingly comprehensive, blending scholarly insights with practical strategies. Through a nuanced exploration of cultural competence, he equips readers with the tools to not only recognize their own biases but also to actively confront and challenge them. By centering anti-racism as a core component of cultural competence, Abdulrehman underscores the urgency of this work in every facet of our lives.
What sets this book apart is its emphasis on actionable steps. Rather than merely discussing abstract concepts, Abdulrehman offers tangible frameworks and exercises for readers to engage with. Whether you're an educator, healthcare professional, corporate leader, or concerned citizen, you'll find invaluable guidance on how to foster inclusive environments and advocate for meaningful change.
Moreover, Abdulrehman's writing is imbued with empathy and humility powered by his own experiences, creating a safe space for readers to navigate difficult conversations and confront uncomfortable truths. His commitment to fostering understanding and empathy underscores the transformative potential of anti-racist cultural competence.In essence, Developing Anti-Racist Cultural Competence is not just a book – it's a manifesto for building a more just and equitable world. I wholeheartedly endorse this essential resource and believe it has the power to spark meaningful change in individuals, organizations, and society at large.”

Zachary S. Nunn, PHR, SHRM-CP, Founder of Living Corporate

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