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The Arab-Palestinian Case





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ISBN 9780789004819
Published March 16, 1998 by Routledge
252 Pages

 
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As a therapist, you may find yourself at a brick wall when you try to treat Middle Eastern, North African, South American, Asian, and other clients with psychotherapeutic techniques formulated in the West. As Cross-Cultural Counseling: The Arab-Palestinian Case illustrates, the construction of self, community, and society is remarkably different in Arab countries. Only certain aspects of Western psychotherapy can be adapted to respond to the unique sociopolitical conditions and cultural factors affecting the mental health of people raised to consider community needs over self needs and desires. This text suggests a biopsychosocial approach to treating psychological disorders among Arab clients and highlights differences in the prevalence and manifestation of psychological disorders among peoples of South/Eastern backgrounds, as compared to what is known in the West. You’ll gain an education and understanding from Cross-Cultural Counseling that helps you provide more effective services to Arabs and Palestinians to meet their mental health needs.

Cross-Cultural Counseling shows you how divesting therapeutic techniques of cultural sensitivity results in the alienation of clients who are not accustomed to recognizing or meeting their individual needs. It suggests a biopsychosocial approach to treating psychological disorders among Arab clients and highlights differences in the prevalence and manifestation of psychological disorders among peoples of South/Eastern backgrounds, as compared to what is known in the West. Challenging therapists to discard their misconceptions and biases about people who don’t fit the Western mold in terms of individualization, identity, and personality, the book also covers:

  • different sociopolitical situations in Arab countries and the maintenance of authoritarian and collectivistic culture
  • psychocultural features of Arabs
  • socialization in Arab homes and schools
  • help-seeking behavior among Arabs and poor mental health service delivery in Arab countries
  • factors threatening the unity of the Palestinian family
  • therapeutic recommendations for traditional clients

    According to author Marwan Dwairy, Cross-Cultural Counseling is meant to “undo the dehumanization that has surrounded Palestinian-Arabs and help clinicians to understand the behavior of the Arab client and come to know the person in him or her.” Certainly, no other book can help you, as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or mental health professional, treat Palestinians, Arabs, and other South/Eastern clients as efficiently and successfully.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Figures

  • List of Tables
  • Author’s Note
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgment
  • Part I: The Arab-Palestinian Culture
  • Chapter 1. The Palestinian Arabs
  • Chapter 2. Psycho-Cultural Features of the Palestinian Arabs
  • Chapter 3. Socialization in Arabic Families and Schools
  • Part II: Mental Health in Arabic Society and Other South/Eastern Cultures
  • Chapter 4. Arabic Personality Development, Structure, and Dynamics
  • Chapter 5. Epidemiology of Psychological Disorders in the Arabic Societies
  • Chapter 6. Arab Cultural Attitudes Towards Mental Health
  • Chapter 7. Difficulties of Western Psychotherapy in a Traditional Arabic Society and Other South/Eastern Societies
  • Chapter 8. Applying Psychotherapy with South/Eastern Clients
  • Chapter 9. Biopsychosocial Model for Psychotherapy with South/Eastern Clients
  • Chapter 10. Selected Cases
  • Appendix: Conclusive Comparison of Modern Western Culture with Medieval and South/Eastern Cultures
  • References
  • Index

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Biography

Marwan Adech Dwalry, MA, DSc, has been a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program of the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University in Florida since 1994. In this capacity, he has taught classes on psychological intervention in sornatoform disorders, on the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders, and on cross-cultural counseling. He was the Director of the Municipal Psychological Services Center for Nazareth, Israel, from 1978 until 1994, and the Director of a private clinic specializing in psychosomatic and stress disorders from 1980 until 1994. Through sixteen years of practice, he has acquired extensive experience in psychodynamic therapy, helping parents and teachers cope with children’s behavioral and emotional problems, and in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. A former lecturer of cognitive, developmental, and social psychology at TECHNION --The Israeli Institute of Technology, Dr. Dwairy was a Chairperson on the Arab-Palestinian Mental Health Association in Israel (1991—1994) and of the North section of the Israeli Association of Behavior-Cognitive Therapy. He has spoken at three international peace conferences and delivered and published numerous papers and articles on Arab-Palestinian mental health and national identity, special education in Arab-Palestinian schools, and sexual abuse in the Arabic community.