A seminar on the assessment and treatment of Black patients

George Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
Barbara A. Bass
Paul R. Munford
Gail E. Wyatt


Describes a seminar for behavioral science professionals and trainees in the psychiatric assessment and treatment of Black patients. The long-range goal for such a program is to improve mental health services to the Black community. It is suggested that a major obstacle to this objective has been the lack of practitioners' awareness of important sociocultural factors in assessment and treatment. A program was designed to heighten the sensitivity of clinicians to these variables by means of a three-quarter seminar divided into sociocultural, assessment, and treatment modules. Pertinent literature is cited and conclusions regarding the impact of the course on the participants are offered. (3 p ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1977 American Psychological Association.