Mental Health: Responding to the Needs of the African-American Senior Population

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Mental Health: Responding to the Needs of the African-American Senior Population
by Jerri Williams Vincent

Mental Health: Responding to the Needs of the African-American Senior Population discusses a mental health agency responding to social issues in the United States. The social issues consist of the 1999 U.S. Surgeon Report identified that mental health agencies were not meeting the needs of people of diverse cultures. The author simply described how a particular mental health agency that had responded to the social issue.The agency developed a support group for the African-American seniors. They provided a safe haven where individuals could be integrated with other people of diverse cultures in a group setting.

In order for a support group to develop, the agency must be culturally competent in understanding the history of African-Americans. In understanding the history, it would allow the agency to provide high quality service. The beginning of the book describes the history of African Americans, the mental health agency, and the services they provide. The services offered consist of psychotherapy, group therapy, recreational therapy, and music therapy. The book also describes the different therapeutic approaches, methods, and models used in a support group, and the different stages in developing a support group.

About the Author

The author has twenty-five years of experience working in the healthcare profession. The healthcare profession consists of previous employment at acute care hospitals, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals. During my employment at psychiatric hospitals in New York City, I grew a great passion in helping individuals who were indifferent or had behaviors that were not understandable to people in society. My goal in life was to become cultivated in the field of human behavior and to help others. I enrolled at a junior college called the Community College of Baltimore in Maryland. My major was Human Service Assistant. I continued my studies at Coppin State College, majoring in social Work.

(2010, paperback, 70 pages)