1st Edition

Rethinking Social Work Practice with Multicultural Communities

Edited By Yolanda C. Padilla, Ruth McRoy, Rocío Calvo Copyright 2020
    168 Pages
    by Routledge

    162 Pages
    by Routledge

    With research showing that clients from diverse racial and ethnic groups disproportionately experience barriers in their interactions with social services and that providers recognize the need to be better prepared to work with these groups, this book invites us to rethink current approaches to social work practice with multicultural communities.

    We begin with a synthesis of the current evidence on the provision of care to multicultural communities that provides an in-depth look at both client and provider experiences. The following chapters offer tangible, research-based approaches to engaging with multicultural clients and reveal often unrecognized problems with current models of social work practice. A unique compilation of rigorous qualitative, experimental, and community-based studies demonstrate the effectiveness of culturally grounded interventions and identify the specific factors associated with positive outcomes. Areas covered include disability, marriage and couple relationship problems, domestic violence, and mental illness within Latinx, African American, First Nations, and South Asian communities. As the authors 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 compromise 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.

    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 Olcon

    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


    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.