Culture and Psychotherapy

Theory and Applications – A World Perspective

By Wen-Shing Tseng

© 2014 – Routledge

672 pages

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pub: 2015-12-01
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About the Book

Psychotherapy is informed and enriched by the therapist’s knowledge of different cultural perspectives. In order to provide suitable psychotherapy, the therapist needs to consider the cultural dimensions of patients, as well as their biological and psychological dimensions. This book examines culture and psychotherapy from a worldwide perspective, so that the basic nature of human beings can be examined and, at the same time, the possible cultural variations that exist among them can be elaborated for more meaningful comparisons and understanding. Authored solely by Wen-Shing Tseng, this book deals with the concepts, knowledge, theory, and actual clinical application of culture-competent psychotherapy.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction: Culture, Adjustment, and Therapy. Definition of Culture. Culture and Adjustment. Section II: Concept of a Healthy Mind: Cross-Cultural Review. Major Religions and Traditional Thought. Practical Concepts Reflected in Common Sayings. Primary Affect and Reflected in Folk Stories. Overview and Comments About the Healthy Mind. Section III: Culture and Personality: Cross-Cultural Comparisons. Culture and Personality: General Concepts and Studies. Studies of Various Cultures and Personalities. Section IV: Psychological Problems Observed in Different Societies. Culture and Psychological Problems: Various Impacts of Culture. Common and Special Psychological Problems Observed in Different Societies. Section V: Culture and Coping Patterns. Culture, Stress, and Coping Patterns. Culture and Various Ways of Coping with Psychological Problems. Section VI: Various Forms of Healing Practices: Historical Review and Cultural Comments. Various Approaches to Exploring Culture and Therapy. Culture-Embedded, Supernaturally-Oriented, Indigenous Healing Practices. Culture-Based, Nature-Body-Oriented, Special Mental Therapy or Exercise. Culture-Influenced, Sociophilosophically Oriented, "Unique" Psychotherapies. Culture-Related, Psychologically-Oriented, Mainstream Psychotherapies. Psychotherapy: Universal Elements and Cultural Variations. Section VII: Culture Competent Therapy: Considerations at Various Levels. Qualities Needed for Culture Competent Psychotherapy. Practical Adjustment. Clinical Considerations. Theoretical Modifications and Expansions. Philosophical Examinations. Section VIII: Special Issues Relating to Therapy. Illness Behavior, Help-Seeking and Utilization of Psychological Therapy. Use of Interpreters in Therapy. Issues Regarding Reveling, Confidentiality and Ethic Matters. Issues Relating to Ethnic/Racial Identity and Racism. Gender and Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy. Ethnic Matching of Patient and Therapist. Matters of Religious Belief, Faith, and Spirituality. Impact of Therapist's Own Culture and Value Systems. Psychotherapy Supervision: Effects of Ethnicity, Race, and Minority Status. Section IX: Psychotherapy in Unique Situations and for Special Groups of Clients. Intercultural Psychotherapy for Individuals. Counseling for Couples and Intercultural Married Couples. Counseling for Homosexual Individuals and Couples. Culture and Family Therapy in General and for Special Issues. Culture and Group Therapy Including for Mixed Members. Culture and Therapy for Children and Adolescents. Culture and Therapy for Women. Culture and Therapy for the Elderly. Culture and Care of Aboriginal or Minority People. Culture and Care for Migrants and Refugees. Section X: World Trend of Psychotherapy. Trends of Psychotherapy in Various Societies. Factors that Impact on the Development and Movement of Psychotherapy. Section XI: Closure: Implications, Research, and Training. Cultural Implications of Psychotherapy. Research Relating to Culture and Psychotherapy. Training and Suggestions for the Future.

About the Author

Wen-Shing Tseng, MD, is a professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine. He served as chairman of the Transcultural Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association for two terms, and has been honorable adviser since 1993. In 2005, he was nominated by international colleagues to establish the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, and to serve as its founding president from 2005 to 2009.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health