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The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy

ISBN 9780789002174
Published October 25, 2005 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Explore the obstacles and challenges involved in bringing feminist values and techniques into mainstream therapy

Feminist therapy has been challenging mainstream therapy thinking and practice for the past thirty years. The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy is the first book to provide a summary and compilation of that history. It describes the work of the major contributors, early and recent, and gives a terrific overview of the rich and radical development of feminist therapy from a variety of perspectives.

The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy honors the work of women such as Laura Brown, Iris Fodor, Miriam Greenspan, Hannah Lerman, and Lenore Walker, who developed, and who continue to develop, feminist therapy theory and practice. This book breaks new ground by envisioning a feminist-informed future in the areas of therapy practice, the education of therapists, and community. It also provides an unflinching look at the challenges and threats to developing that future and offers suggestions for action.

The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy includes the work of past and present contributors to feminist theory on topics such as:

  • the complex intertwining of gender and other oppressions
  • the impact of race and ethnicity
  • the effects of sexual orientation, age, class, disability, and refugee and immigrant status
  • discussions about violence against women
  • feminist theory from a wide range of perspectives, from relational-cultural to multicultural theory
  • perspectives on trauma
  • the discussions at a conference that imagined a future informed by feminist principles
  • and much more!
For those interested in feminist therapy theory, The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy is an excellent starting point, and many references are provided for readers who want to pursue specific topics further. This book will interest practicing therapists at all levels, including psychologists, counselors, and social workers. It is also appropriate as a textbook for women’s studies, psychology of women, counseling, psychology, and social work classes.

Table of Contents

  • Feminist Therapy’s Roots and Wings (Marcia Hill)
  • Early Trends in Feminist Therapy Theory and Practice (Susan Contratto and Jessica Rossier)
  • Multicultural Feminist Therapy: Theory in Context (Susan E. Barrett with Jean Lau Chin, Lillian Comas-Diaz, Oliva Espin, Beverly Greene, and Monica McGoldrick)
  • Beyond Color and Culture: Feminist Contributions to Paradigms of Human Difference (Laura S. Brown, Laurie E. Riepe, and Rochelle L. Coffey)
  • The Map of Relational-Cultural Theory (Carolyn K. West)
  • Feminist Perspectives on Trauma (Denise C. Webster and Erin C. Dunn)
  • Location, Location, Location: Contributions of Contemporary Feminist Theorists to Therapy Theory and Practice (Natalie Porter)
  • From the Past Toward the Future (Marcia Hill and Mary Ballou)
  • Feminist Therapy Practice: Visioning the Future (Marcia Hill and Gail Anderson)
  • Visions and Aspirations: Feminist Therapy and the Academy (Meredith M. Cohen and Mary Ballou)
  • Fostering Feminist Principles in Our Community: How Do We Get There? (Dorcas Liriano)
  • Threats and Challenges to Feminist Therapy (Mary Ballou)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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