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Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy

Guidelines for Equitable Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By Teresa McDowell, Carmen Knudson-Martin, J. Maria Bermudez


260 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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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

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

Teresa McDowell, EdD, is a professor of marriage, couple, and family therapy and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, AAMFT clinical fellow and approved supervisor. Her work includes a focus on applying critical social theory to family therapy practice.

Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, LMFT, is a professor and director of the marriage, couple, and family therapy program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. She is a past president of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy, California Division, and recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy and Practice award from the American Family Therapy Academy. She is a founder of socio-emotional relationship therapy.

J. Maria Bermudez, PhD, is an associate professor in the marriage and family therapy program in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. She is an AAMFT clinical fellow and approved supervisor and licensed marriage and family therapist. Her work is anchored in feminist-informed and culturally responsive approaches to therapy, research, and supervision.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family