Ryde's book, Being White in the helping professions: Developing effective intercultural awareness, attempts to address how racism impacts the effectiveness of practitioners providing mental health counselling services. Her book offers insights for practitioners who recognize the need to act as change agents towards ending racism within the policies and practices of the mental health system
It was with a sense of relief that I opened this book. At last someone has found the time and energy, and been supported enough, to produce a well thought-out book on this potentially sensitive topic... Ryde has fashioned a coherent approach to the topic that offers an integration of a disparate field (at least for many white people) and ways forward for white practitioners and organisations embedded in white culture. This book might be of interest to black and minority practitioners. It is essential reading for white practitioners.
It is as creative, challenging and thought provoking as it is thorough and practical.
As Ryde notes, the fish is unaware of the sea until taken from its environment. it is easy for white people to be blind to our assumptions and endemic racism and unconsciously to regard white ways of behaving as the norm. I highly recommend this book, and consider it required reading on counselling courses and for all white therapists who work interculturally.
This thought-provoking book offers an alternative view supplementing traditional equality and diversity training. It stimulates the reader to consider what 'white' culture is and how it implicitly and explicitly affects the thoughts and perceptions of not just the 'white' person but also the people around them.
I found this book fascinating and thought provoking on many levels. This book will assist all those white helpers to deal with some of the more tricky racial/cultural and class issues that we all face each day. It will enable helpers and teams to question their beliefs and practice and develop concrete dialogue and stimulate change in a constructive manner.
There is a passion in this book that is rooted in a commitment to social justice. Judy Ryde wants both practice and scholarship to be intentionally reflective about some of the problems and possibilities that surround cultural identity and its impact when working within the multi-cultural environment. The author's twenty-five years of experience in working in supervision and training is put to good use in this carefully organised and well-written book. It also a model of excellence in so far as it not only discusses the subject with intelligence and wisdom, but it also provides some solutions for good practice in developing intercultural awareness.
I'm impressed with the calm and scholarly practitioner approach taken in this book... a timely and useful contribution to the helping profession's challenge of creating a valued and valuable experience for all those people seeking help... An original approach to a rarely discussed challenge for all in the helping professions.
Engaging with Judy Ryde's passionate, scholarly, effective and original book, I feel both more and less certain about myself as a white person or white professional. This reflective state, which I expect others will share, is Ryde’s political and psychological gift and staying in that state will be essential to my clinical work and personal life. The book will make every analyst, therapist or counsellor indeed, everyone in the helping professions - reflect on who they are as they work, far beyond what is already managed in the relational and intersubjective traditions. Ryde has managed to bring three diverse impossibilities together into one challenging whole: citizenship, professionalism and individuation.
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.
I feel most honoured to have been invited to write this foreword. This book is the result of a long and dedicated journey of exploration, commitment to social justice, high aspirations for psychotherapeutic practice and scholarship. I do hope Judy will be recognised and valued for this significant contribution to the helping professions.
This refreshing approach asks "White" people to consider what that identity means for them, both as individuals but even more crucially as workers, and how it affects the services they provide to their clients. One of the things I most liked about this book was the very "non-threatening" approach it takes to raising awareness. Without minimising the appalling effects racial prejudice and discrimination can have on people from Black, Asian or other minority ethic backgrounds, it also discusses the insidious effects of racism on people from dominant "White" backgrounds.
Being White in the Helping Professions is an evocative exploration of one woman's journey into a deeper awareness of what it means to be white in a racialized context and the implications of a white racial identity for those in the helping professions... Throughout her book Ryde urges white helping professionals to embark on the journey of self-discovery that leads to ownership of a white identity and all its accompanying privileges and responsibilities. In Being White in the Helping Professions, she provides a useful guidebook and a travel case of practical tools that can be helpful for any spiritual director or formation program.