It has been said that counselors are much like trackers in the wild. For instance, a tracker looks at tracks to discern an entity’s species, size, direction, speed, any injury, which side the injury is on, how severely the entity is injured, and other significant details. This book grows out of studying the tracks/lives of counselees over some three decades of pastoral and licensed clinical counseling. Biological, psychological, sociological, theological, emotional, spiritual, economical and many other aspects were observed in analyzing observations that are described and explained in this book.
In Overcoming Institutionalized Prejudice and Discrimination, Dr. J. Dawson Williams shares his insight and experience as an established pastoral counselor and clinical therapist, with special focus given to the effects of social injustices based on one’s demographic identities. His voice is confident and knowledgeable, illustrating authority of his work and experience. He writes in a concise, focused, and straightforward manner, delivering relevant information and anecdotes without lingering too long on any one topic. The way that each chapter contributes to the whole while maintaining individual theses makes this book easily navigable and accessible. This book is timely and insightful, speaking on several social issues that are especially relevant in the present moment; readers will likely appreciate this book as a resource. Readers can gain insight into the following:
(1) Systemic prejudice and discrimination along the lines of cause and effect
(2) Insidious ways systemic prejudice and discrimination is implemented and sustained
(3) Insight into the strain experienced by perpetrators and victims
(4) Ethics and resilience-based strategies for mitigating the problem