This book proposes a comprehensive approach to confronting racism through a foundational framework as well as practical strategies to correct and reverse the course of the past and catalyze the stalled efforts of the present. It will do so by focusing on those specific aspects of law and legal theory that intersect with psychological research and practice.

In Part I, the historical and current underpinnings of racial injustice and the obstacles to combating racism are introduced. Part II examines the documented psychological and emotional effects of racism, including race-based traumatic stress. In Part III, the authors analyze the application of forensic mental health assessment in addressing race-related experiences and present a legal and policy framework for reforming institutional and organizational policies. Finally, in part IV the authors advocate for a close, collaborative approach among legal and mental health professionals and their clients to seek redress for racial discrimination.

Confronting Racism provides a framework for legal, mental health, and other related social science professionals and leaders to acknowledge and act on the harmful aspects of our societal systems.

part I|74 pages

What Do We Know About the History of Racial Injustice?

chapter 3|28 pages

Why Legal Redress Has Been So Difficult

chapter 4|24 pages

Undoing Civil Rights

Two Steps Forward, One and a Half Steps Back

part III|74 pages

Where Do We Go from Here?

chapter 9|27 pages

A Legal and Organizational Framework for Confronting Racism

Strategies and Reforms for Law, Policy, and Practice

chapter 10|18 pages

Applying the Framework

Confronting Racism and Advocating for Legal Reform

part IV|43 pages

Integrating Mental Health and the Law

chapter 11|20 pages

Mental Health Evaluations

Race-Related Mental Health Standards and Practices

chapter 12|21 pages

Integrating the Law and Mental Health

Collaborating to Confront Racism