Working with African American clients using narrative therapy: An Operational Citizenship and Critical Race Theory framework— Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro, Willa J. Casstevens & Jessica T. DeCuir Gunby


Operational citizenship has a place in multicultural counselling, particularly when White therapists counsel African American clients. This article suggests that the intersection of critical race theory and narrative therapy can lead to operational citizenship within the therapeutic relationship, which can generalise beyond that relationship into the larger environment. A clinical case study regarding an African American man is presented. Through the case study, concepts of this model are explicated. The authors provide implications for practice.