1st Edition

Multicultural Counseling
Perspectives from Counselors as Clients of Color

ISBN 9780415956864
Published February 23, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

This is the first book to explore the experiences of people of color in counseling from the perspective of individuals who are practicing counselors and were previously clients in counseling themselves. Marbley conducted a research study in which she interviewed eight individuals representing each of the major groups of color in the United States - African American, Asian and Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian – to obtain the stories of their experiences in their own words. These stories provide insight into the problems in and failures of counseling services provided to people of color. She quotes extensively from these interviews throughout the book, using the voices of the participants to highlight these shortcomings and personalize her discussion of the issues they have faced. A chapter is devoted to each of the groups of color, as well as one to counseling issues related to gender. These chapters provide an overview of the literature on the historical experiences of these groups in mental health and a discussion of the counselors’ experiences, and conclude with implications and recommendations for counseling and psychotherapy with these groups. Information from follow-up interviews conducted 12 years after the original ones are also provided to compare and contrast the participants’ responses to their earlier ones. Marbley concludes with a look at the need for a social justice movement within the mental health field in order to improve the experiences of and outcomes for people of color.

Table of Contents

Part I: Counternarratives  From Hills and Molehills all Across America.  An Amalgam of Cultural Stories.  Part II: Cultural Stories The Black or African American Client's Story: The Souls of Black Folk.  The Asian and Asian American Client's Story: The Myth of the Model Minority.  The Hispanic/Latino Client's Story.  The Native American Client's Story.  Gender: Gunpowder and Lead.  Part III: The Art of Forgiveness  The Follow-up Interviews: 12 Years Later.  Drum Majors for Justice: Social Justice Efforts for Women and People of Color.  Engendering Hope: Reconciliation and the Power of Forgiveness.

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Aretha F. Marbley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of Community Counseling in the Department of Counselor Education at Texas Tech University.  She is presenting Chair and Reginal Conference Director of the Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). She has won many awards for her counseling work, including the Texas Counselor for Social Justice Outstanding Counselor Educator Advocate Award (2011) and the American Counseling Association, (AMCD) Human Rights Award (2010).


"This book is a courageous examination of the ways in which the counseling profession as a whole has failed to adequately understand and respond to the needs of clients of color. Dr. Marbley artfully weaves historical data with the powerful individual stories of professionals of color who speak from their experiences as clients and counselors over a 12 year period." - Betty Merchant, PhD, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio

"The author should be commended for taking on this critical topic and endeavoring to present the unique experiences of individuals of color as both counselors and clients. The inclusion of these often absent voices in the discourse of providing culturally competent counseling services is absolutely essential and refreshing." - Leonie J. Brooks, PhD, Associate Professor, Towson University

"Marbley's book Multicultural Counseling: Perspectives From Counselors as Clients of Color is both ambitious and innovative... Her research has the potential of being groundbreaking. The personal narratives add a richness of context and story that elaborate the theoretical underpinnings of multicultural counseling." - Mary A. Fukuyama and Shari A. Robinson, PsycCRITIQUES