Cross And Fhagen-Smith's Theory Essay

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Often times today, people of other racial classes and ethnic groups are experiencing oppression as a marginalized group in society today. Racial biases and culture have become an important issue in mental health due to social constructs, racial stereotypes and racial ideology. As a result, they tend to have an impact human development, racial and cultural identity. Therefore, it has become necessary for counselors to indentify and become fully aware and competent in this area due to the changes our society has undergone in multiculturalism and globalization. Due to cultural diversity, identification of minority groups has led to major breakthrough in the field of multicultural counseling/ therapy (Sue &Sue,2014). The conceptualization of racial and cultural diversity, has taken…show more content…
This theory was constructed to explicate the identity change process linked to social movement dynamics as stated by Cross (William Cross.n.d., 2016). This model/ theory looks at the progression of identification of individuals as they move towards a healthy black identity according to (William Cross.n.d., 2016). What I enjoyed most and liked about this theory, is Cross and Fhagan-Smith conceptualized the life span model of black identity, into six sections from infancy to adult. In this section Cross basically describes some of the things I experienced growing up black in all white community. In my household to say you were black was unspoken, many things we different. I was prejudice against within my own race of people, the mannerism I had such as speaking was very articulate, while I lived in a very well developed suburban area. Both of my parents, were educated and had very well paying jobs. I really didn’t know what is was like to be black until I became an adult, experienced racism, prejudice among other things as an African
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