Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in the need to prepare and train mental health personnel in working with diverse populations. In order to fully understand individuals from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, practitioners need to begin to examine, conceptualize, and treat individuals according to the multiple ways in which they identify themselves. The purpose of this casebook is to bridge the gap between the current practice of counseling with the newest theories and research on working with diverse clientele. Each chapter is written by leading experts in the field of multicultural counseling and includes a case presentation with a detailed analysis of each session, a discussion of their theoretical orientation and how they have modified it to provide more culturally appropriate treatment, and an explanation of how their own dimensions of diversity and worldviews enhance or potentially impede treatment. This text is a significant contribution to the evolving area of multicultural counseling and will be a valuable resource to mental health practitioners working with diverse populations.
"This book is at the advancing edges of mental health, and provides guidance for clinicians, through wonderfully contextualized case studies, for how to integrate research evidence and cultural competence in the treatment room. It is a "must read" for mental health students and professionals." -Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, Dean & Professor of Psychology, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Akron; 2005 American Psychological Association President
"This concise, well written, carefully edited book is a must-read for students and professionals who provide mental health and counseling services to diverse populations. The unique blend of case studies illuminates the strengths and resilience of indigenous groups and intersection identities." - Joseph L. White, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine
"A superb resource for all clinicians, this volume advances our knowledge of culturally informed evidence-based practice [and] promotes cultural competence to the next developmental stage." - Lillian Comas-Diaz, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Executive Director, Transcultural Mental Health Institute
Goodheart, Foreword. McNeill, Gallardo, Introduction: Psychotherapy as a Healing Process. Cervantes, In Search of a Bi-ethnic Identity: Clinical and Ethical Issues in the Treatment of a Latino/African American Adolescent Boy. Mejia, Struggling with Research and Practice with a Mexican American Family: The Case of Robert. Rowe, Rowe, Conversations in Marriage: An African-centered Marital Intervention. McCubbin, Intersecting Multiple Identities: The Case of Lehua. King, Psychotherapy with an American Indian Perspective. Ortiz, Spirituality and Psychotherapy: A Gay Latino Client. Miville, Romero, Corpus, Incorporating Affirming, Feminist, and Relational Perspectives: The Case of Juan. Englar-Carlson, Rath, The Conflict of Navigating Cultural Expectations: The Case of Sam. Sayyedi, Psychotherapy with a 17 year old Iranian American Female: Therapeutic Guidelines. Gibson, Clinical Competency and Culturally Diverse Clients with Disabilities: The Case of Linda. Gallardo, McNeill, Conclusion: Evidence-Based Practice and Multiple Implications: Reflections and Future Directions. Parham, Afterword.
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.