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Rethinking Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

1st Edition

Edited by Yolanda C. Padilla, Ruth McRoy, Rocío Calvo


156 pages

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With research showing that social work clients from diverse racial and ethnic groups are generally dissatisfied with the way they are treated, and that providers often do not feel fully prepared to work with these groups, this book invites us to rethink current approaches to social work practice with diverse racial and ethnic communities.

A parallel systematic review of the literature on provider and client experiences in the opening chapter outlines the state of the art in the provision of care to multicultural communities. The following chapters offer tangible, research-based approaches to engaging with multicultural clients and present a critical assessment of the barriers and challenges posed by current models of social work practice. Rigorous qualitative, intervention, and community-based studies demonstrate the effectiveness of culturally-grounded methods. As the pieces in this book show, the stories of multicultural communities are narratives of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. Yet, social work underutilizes rich family and community cultural resources. By not facilitating their involvement, social service systems in effect create the conditions for the loss of these vital resources which social services cannot replace.

In arguing that we need to expand professional boundaries to encompass indigenous practices, family and extended kin, and therapeutic relationships that make sense to different cultural groups, this book will be of interest to those studying the ways in which social work practice can be improved to better suit the needs of a racially and ethnically diverse population. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Table of Contents

Preface – Rethinking practice with multicultural communities: Lessons from research-based applications

Yolanda C. Padilla, Ruth McRoy, and Rocío Calvo

1. State of the art in U.S. multicultural social work practice: Client expectations and provider challenges

Katarzyna Olcoń

2. Parents Taking Action: Reducing disparities through a culturally informed intervention for Latinx parents of children with autism

Kristina Lopez, Sandra Magaña, Miguel Morales, and Emily Iland

3. A systematic review of culturally relevant marriage and couple relationship education programs for African-American couples

Krystallynne S. Mikle and Dorie J. Gilbert

4. Cultural adaptations in psychosocial interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees: A systematic review

Mitra Naseh, Mark J. Macgowan, Eric F. Wagner, Zahra Abtahi, Miriam Potocky, and Paul H. Stuart

5. Experiences of African-American men with serious mental illness and their kinship networks within the mental health care system

Samantha M. Hack, Christopher R. Larrison, Melanie E. Bennett, and Alicia Lucksted

6. A culturally grounded biopsychosocial assessment utilizing Indigenous ways of knowing with the Cowichan Tribes

Emma Elliott-Groves

7. "If we’re not serving our own community, no one else would": The lived experience of providers in ethnically similar therapeutic dyads at South Asian women’s organizations

Swathi M. Reddy

About the Editors

Yolanda C. Padilla is Director of the Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, Council on Social Work Education, and the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professor in Child Welfare in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Ruth McRoy is the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor and a co-founding director of the Research and Innovations in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE) in the School of Social Work at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

Rocío Calvo is Associate Professor and founding Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative in the School of Social Work at Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery