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Culture and the Therapeutic Process

A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark M. Leach, Jamie D. Aten


336 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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While there are numerous resources for practitioners on the subject, the ambiguity remains of what actually constitutes effective multicultural counseling and psychotherapy and how it should be incorporated into their sessions. This book addresses the question of how to apply current theories and research with a unique “start-to-finish” approach, examining the role culture plays in each stage of the therapeutic process, from before the clinical intake to termination. Each chapter is devoted to one of these stages and provides practical strategies, techniques, examples, and case studies. The reader will find new ways to consider the influence of culture and expand their own knowledge and skills as a practitioner.


Solidly grounded in personal experience, clinical knowledge, and research-based information, this volume contains a wealth of practically applicable suggestions and makes a strong and well-reasoned case for culture suffusing psychotherapy in all of its aspects. It provides an excellent introduction to the field, but its fresh and novel approach makes it also attractive to seasoned clinicians immersed in practicing psychotherapy with a culturally diverse clientele. Juris G. Draguns, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

This is a practical book on multiculturalism. The contributors are experts, wise in experience and up-to-the-minute knowledge about culture and psychotherapy. If you see any diversity of clients (or do research on psychotherapy), this book will help you. Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

The editors and chapter authors of this book present an "inclusive" approach that goes beyond the question of ‘what is your culture’ to the more significant question of "who" are your culture teachers. The developmental sequence across chapters is complex and dynamic in contrast with other sometimes simplistic and stereotyped presentations about culture. Paul B. Pedersen, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Syracuse University; Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii

Table of Contents

Leach, Aten, An Introduction to the Practical Incorporation of Culture into Practice. Leach, Aten, Boyer, Strain, Bradshaw, Developing Therapist Self-awareness and Knowledge. Fontes, Considering Culture in the Clinical Intake Interview and Report. Paniagua, Assessment and Diagnosis in a Cultural Context. Constantine, Miville, Kindaichi, Owens, Case Conceptualizations of Mental Health Counselors: Implications for the Delivery of Culturally Competent Care. Johnson, Sandhu, Treatment Planning in a Multicultural Context: Some Suggestions for Counselors and Psychotherapists. Roysircar, Gill, Cultural Encapsulation and Decapsulation of Therapist Trainees. Utsey, Fischer, Belver, Culture and Worldview in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Recommended Approaches for Working with Persons from Diverse Sociocultural Backgrounds. Ridely, Shaw-Ridley, Termination within the Context of Culture: A Three Phase Model. Fukuyama, Phan, Looking through a Kaleidoscope: A Case Study. Vandiver, Duncan, Toward Practicing Culturally Sound Counseling: A Synthesis of Current Clinical Research and Experience.

About the Series

Counseling and Psychotherapy

Investigating Practice from Scientific, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives

This innovative series is devoted to grasping the vast complexities of the practice of counseling and psychotherapy.

As a set of healing practices delivered in a context shaped by health delivery systems and the attitudes and values of consumers, practitioners, and researchers, counseling and psychotherapy must be examined critically.

By understanding the historical and cultural context of counseling and psychotherapy and by examining the extant research, these critical inquiries seek a deeper, richer understanding of what is a remarkably effective endeavor.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health