Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color

Bryana H. French, Jioni A. Lewis, Della V. Mosley, Hector Y. Adames, Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Grace A. Chen, Helen A. Neville

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Advancing beyond individual-level approaches to coping with racial trauma, we introduce a new psychological framework of radical healing for People of Color and Indigenous individuals (POCI) in the United States. We begin by providing a context of race and racism in the United States and its consequences for the overall well-being of POCI. We build on existing frameworks rooted in social justice education and activism and describe a form of healing and transformation that integrates elements of liberation psychology, Black psychology, ethnopolitical psychology, and intersectionality theory. We briefly review these conceptual foundations as a prelude to introducing a psychological framework of radical healing and its components grounded in five anchors including: (a) collectivism, (b) critical consciousness, (c) radical hope, (d) strength and resistance, and (e) cultural authenticity and self-knowledge. We conclude with a discussion of the applications of radical healing to clinical practice, research, training, and social justice advocacy. Significance of Scholarship to the Public Advancing beyond individual-level approaches to coping with racial trauma, we call for a new multisystemic psychological framework of radical healing for People of Color and Indigenous individuals. Radical healing involves critical consciousness, radical hope, strength and resistance, cultural authenticity and self-knowledge, and collectivism. We provide suggestions for how to apply this model of radical healing to clinical practice, research, training, and social justice advocacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCounseling Psychologist
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • intersectionality
  • liberation psychology
  • oppression
  • race and ethnicity
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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French, B. H., Lewis, J. A., Mosley, D. V., Adames, H. Y., Chavez-Dueñas, N. Y., Chen, G. A., & Neville, H. A. (2019). Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. Counseling Psychologist. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019843506

Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. / French, Bryana H.; Lewis, Jioni A.; Mosley, Della V.; Adames, Hector Y.; Chavez-Dueñas, Nayeli Y.; Chen, Grace A.; Neville, Helen A.

In: Counseling Psychologist, 01.01.2019.

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French BH, Lewis JA, Mosley DV, Adames HY, Chavez-Dueñas NY, Chen GA et al. Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. Counseling Psychologist. 2019 Jan 1. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019843506
French, Bryana H. ; Lewis, Jioni A. ; Mosley, Della V. ; Adames, Hector Y. ; Chavez-Dueñas, Nayeli Y. ; Chen, Grace A. ; Neville, Helen A. / Toward a Psychological Framework of Radical Healing in Communities of Color. In: Counseling Psychologist. 2019.
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