There is a need for counselors to understand the effect of colorism on African American women in the counselor–client relationship. The subject of colorism is often intertwined with the discussion of racism, thus decreasing the awareness of how this phenomenon is also impactful and discriminatory in nature. This session will increase awareness of the effects of colorism by highlighting the relevancy of broaching these topics within the construct of the counselor–client relationship.
Upon completion, participants will have an be able to define colorism and understand its origins in the African American community.
Upon completion, participants will have an understanding of how colorism can impact the everyday experience of African American women and their self-esteem.
Upon completion, participants will have an understanding of how colorism can be presented in interactions between the counselor and client. Participants will receive tips on ways to process and assist clients with these experiences.