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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-46
Number of pages33
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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