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Being White in the Helping Professions


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Introduction: Looking in the Mirror. Part 1. Experiencing Whiteness in a Racialized Context. Chapter 1. Being White. Chapter 2. Discovering Whiteness Together. Chapter 3. Shame and Guilt. Part 2. The Practice of White Helping Professionals within a Racialized Context. Chapter 4. The Core Beliefs that Underpin our Work. Chapter 5. Practising with White Awareness as Professionals. Part 3. White Organizations within a Racialized Context. Chapter 6. Organizational Considerations: Working in a Racialized Context. Chapter 7. Training for White Awareness. Chapter 8. Whiteness in Supervision. Conclusion: This is the Best Time to Dream the Best Dream of them All. Index.

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Judy Ryde PhD is a freelance psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer of 25 years' experience. She provides supervision training across the helping professions within the Centre for Supervision and Team Development. Judy also supervises the BCPC Asylum Project which provides counselling and psychotherapy for asylum seekers and refugees, and was a co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.


'Judy Ryde embarks on a valiant attempt to emerge with the contentious, complex and immensely difficult issue of being white in the helping professions - Ryde provides many insights into personal growth and development in this highly charged and emotional topic - It provides individual helping practitioners wanting to act as change agents in ending racism in a profession's policies and practices with helpful tips and one woman's story of how she sought to achieve this aim.'- Professor Lena Dominelli, Head of Social, Community and Youth Work at Durham University

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