Growing up “Black” in the United States

Growing up “Black” in the United States, Fear, Empathy, and more with Chris Blount

Growing up “Black” in the United States, Fear, Empathy, and more with Chris Blount

Episode 29 of The Intentional Clinician

Paul Krauss MA LPC and Chris Blount discuss his experiences growing up as a male, African-American individual in the United States. Chris talks about growing up in the African-American community, his time interacting with diverse cultures and they also talk about their journey of becoming friends. Chris and Paul discuss their own personal growth through conversations and face-to-face conversations. Topics that are also discussed are racism, stereotypes, “fear of the other”, violence, projection, communication, the media, and more. Further, Chris and Paul discuss Chris’ thoughts about how one’s environment and surroundings can influence their sense of safety and state of mind.

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Links from the episode:

This American Life regarding the show “Cops”

“You’ve got to be carefully taught”

Transgenerational Trauma

Baer, D. (2016, July 08). The Dallas Police Force Is Evidence That ‘De-escalation’ Policing Works. Retrieved from

Chris Blount runs a music and podcast studio (On Purpose Recordings) in Tacoma, Washington. He is a Father, Husband, Hip-Hop Artist, podcaster, and jack-of-all trades. Chris is the host of two podcasts, Profoundly Ignorant and Chris Talks. Chris grew up in New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina devastated his neighborhood, he moved to Chicago, IL —where he and Paul Krauss became friends. Chris lives with his wife and three children in Tacoma, Washington.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

Original Music (used with permission):

Drifting Away” featuring Pawl from Open Wounds by Chris Blount

“Drifting Away” [Instrumental] from Open Wounds by Chris Blount

Running of the Dead” Featuring Julia Massey from Great and Powerful by Gentlemen of Leisure Collective (GoL.Life)

Cheers” from I WIN by Chris Blount

Only You” featuring Chris Blount from I’m Not Here by Pawl & Keeynote

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