Book prescribes cultural approach to mental health care

With a long, painful history of racial discrimination, Blacks tend to be distrustful of the Caucasian-dominated model of mental health and avoid treatment.

Dr. Judy E. Vansiea’s new book, “Circle of Care and Hope” presents a holistic, interventionist approach to treating Blacks with mental illness by integrating three healing principles – a biblical worldview, culturally appropriate practices and multi-theoretical healing applications. Vansiea said her unique methodology breaks down the barriers of stigma and shame associated with mental health, empowering Blacks in sustainable healing and overcoming their unequal access to effective mental health treatment and healing.

“The mental health care system must incorporate treatments that appreciate and empower the unique worldview and culture of Blacks in order to overcome their reluctance to seek help,” said Vansiea. “Specifically, nursing must adopt a transcultural approach to healing, improve educational efforts to better reach Blacks, and advocate more effectively for financial aid in meeting basic needs, which must first be met before psychological needs.”

Vansiea has been a registered nurse for more than 18 years. As a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, she served as a nurse at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and is a Gulf War Era veteran.

“Circle of Care and Hope” is available online at It is also available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

February 22, 2016
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