Figure 3-8. Guidelines for Clinicians on Evaluating Bias and Prejudice

  • The processes of gaining knowledge about the workings of discrimination and oppression and for guarding against bias should be ongoing and lifelong.
  • Clinicians should learn about their own culturally shaped assumptions so as to refrain from unconsciously imposing them on others and should exhibit a professional’s values, standards, and actions.
  • Clinicians should work harder to recognize institutionalized racism than they do to perceive individual prejudice; that is, they should recognize how bias is structured into policies, practices, and norms in program relations.
  • Clinicians should question the knowledge base and theories that underlie their practice in order to eliminate prejudice and bias in that practice.
  • Clinicians should look at their own feelings and reactions and listen to the feedback of others to recognize how their own ideas have been unconsciously shaped by discriminatory social dynamics.
  • Clinicians can use their knowledge of how their personal characteristics are likely to affect a range of others to reduce communication problems and disputes between group members.
Source: Adapted from Reed et al. 1997. Used with permission.

From: 3 Criteria for the Placement of Clients in Groups

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