Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy addresses the need for socially responsible couple, marriage, and family therapy that infuses diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout theory and clinical practice. The text begins with a discussion of societal systems, diversity, and socially just practice. The authors then integrate principles of societal context, power, and equity into the core concepts of ten major family therapy models, paying close attention to the "how to’s" of change processes through a highly diverse range of case examples. The text concludes with descriptions of integrative, equity-based family therapy guidelines that clinicians can apply to their practice.
"Social justice concerns have long preoccupied responsible practitioners. Nevertheless, there has been a dearth of integration of power and equity issues in clinical practice. This timely and inspiring book provides a highly accessible guide to becoming aware of how to transform ubiquitous relational inequalities. It brilliantly demonstrates how practitioners of any school of family therapy and any level of professional development can integrate sociocultural attunement in their work. A unifying and compelling contribution to the psychotherapy field."
Celia J. Falicov, PhD, clinical professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
"McDowell, Knudson-Martin, and Bermudez present a nuanced and sophisticated analysis of how to integrate societal context and power dynamics into all of the major family therapy theories. They thoroughly explain their approach with detailed guidelines for clinicians illustrated by vivid case examples. The authors do not ask family therapists to give up their theories; rather, they explain, in convincing detail, how to practice in a way that is socially responsible."
Karen S. Wampler, PhD, retired faculty member in family therapy and department chair at Michigan State University, former editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2001 to 2004), editor-in-chief of forthcoming Handbook of Couple, Marital, and Family Therapy
Foreword Fred Piercy Preface Acknowledgements 1. Why Sociocultural Attunement and Equity Matter 2. Guiding Principles for Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy 3. Self-of-the-Therapist and Ethical Considerations in Socioculturally-Attuned Family Therapy 4. Socioculturally Attuned Structural Family Therapy 5. Socioculturally Attuned Brief and Strategic Family Therapies 6. Socioculturally Attuned Experiential Family Therapy 7. Socioculturally Attuned Attachment Based Family Therapies 8. Socioculturally Attuned Bowenian Family Therapy 9. Socioculturally Attuned Contextual Family Therapy 10. Socioculturally Attuned Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy 11. Socioculturally Attuned Solution Focused Family Therapy 12. Socioculturally Attuned Collaborative Family Therapy 13. Socioculturally Attuned Narrative Family Therapy 14. Integrated Equity-Based Approaches to Family Therapy