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1st Edition

Exploring Immigrant and Sexual Minority Mental Health
Reconsidering Multiculturalism

ISBN 9780415841870
Published March 27, 2017 by Routledge
212 Pages

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Book Description

Exploring Immigrant and Sexual Minority Mental Health provides mental health practitioners with up-to-date theory, cutting-edge research, and therapeutic strategies to assist them in their work with multicultural clients. By focusing on the immigrant psyche, this volume hones in on appropriate counseling interventions and effective, culturally-specific psychotherapeutic practices by introducing the use of Diversity and Identity Formation Therapy (DIFT), a theoretical concept designed for immigrant and sexual minority identity formation. This work can be used in interdisciplinary settings and is applicable for those working in a number of mental health disciplines including counseling, social work, therapy, and more.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables  Foreword Peter Gamlin  Acknowledgements  Introduction to Exploring Immigrant and Sexual Minority Mental Health: Reconsidering Multiculturalism  Section 1. Migration Patterns and Diasporic Experiences  Introduction  1. Pre-Migration Visions, Reasons for Immigration, and Post-Migration Obstacles and Challenges  2. The Family Context  3. Employment Barriers and Financial Stability  4. Mental Health Concerns  Section 2. Identity Development and Models  Introduction  5. Ethnic Identity Formation  6. Sexual Identity Development  7. Intersection of Ethnic Identity Formation and Sexual Identity Development  Section 3. Emerging Trends in Multicultural Psychotherapy  Introduction  8. Cultural Competencies and Clinical Logistics  9. Multi-Theoretical Perspective Applicable to Immigrant and Sexual Minority Populations  10. Diversity and Identity Formation Framework (DIFT)  11. Future Directions and Concluding Thoughts  Index

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Pavna K. Sodhi, EdD, is a psychotherapist, researcher, and educator in Ottawa. Her research merges mental health issues with concepts surrounding identity formation. Her work on immigrant issues, ethnic identity formation, sexual minorities, and multicultural mental health concerns has been featured in both national and international scholarly journals and books. She is fluent in English, French, and Punjabi.


“The book is timely, and addresses the needs of clinicians and practitioners who work with immigrants and second generation patients/clients. Additionally, it will aid readers who wish to use it as a means to insight and personal growth. Pavna has taken a creative approach to addressing commonly occurring issues and the structure of the book and the chapters have a very practical bend. At the same time, Pavna utilizes creative frameworks to view these issues, e.g., looking at the topics from an individualistic and collectivistic perspective.”— Mudita Rastogi, PhD, Aspire Consulting and Therapy, Arlington Heights, IL