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This expertly written book provides an accessible framework for culturally competent practice with children and families in child maltreatment cases. Numerous workable strategies and concrete examples are presented to help readers address cultural concerns at each stage of the assessment and intervention process. Professionals and students learn new ways of thinking about their own cultural viewpoints as they gain critical skills for maximizing the accuracy of assessments for physical and sexual abuse; overcoming language barriers in parent and child interviews; respecting families' values and beliefs while ensuring children's safety; creating a welcoming agency environment; and more.
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD, is a Core Faculty Member in Union Institute & University’s PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology. She has dedicated almost two decades to making the social service, mental health, criminal justice, and medical systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. Dr. Fontes has published widely on cultural issues in child maltreatment and violence against women, cross-cultural research, and ethics. She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and European Americans in the United States. In 2007 she was awarded a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, which she completed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Fontes is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is a popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator.
Table of Contents
|Multicultural Orientation to Child Maltreatment Work||p. 1|
|Orienting Concepts||p. 2|
|Ecosystemic Framework||p. 2|
|Treating Clients Fairly||p. 8|
|Child Maltreatment||p. 20|
|Working with Families||p. 20|
|Research and Clinical Literature on Culture and Child Maltreatment||p. 26|
|Concluding Thoughts: Remembering the Difficulty of the Material and the Sacredness of Our Work||p. 28|
|Working with Immigrant Families Affected by Child Maltreatment||p. 30|
|Social Stressors for Immigrant Families||p. 30|
|Family Life, Child Behavior, and Discipline||p. 35|
|Immigrants and the Child Welfare System||p. 37|
|Domestic Violence||p. 45|
|Basic U.S. Immigration Definitions||p. 47|
|Suggestions for Improving Cultural Competence with Immigrants||p. 48|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 56|
|Assessing Diverse Families for Child Maltreatment||p. 58|
|What Constitutes a Suspicion, and What's Culture Got to Do with It?||p. 60|
|Is It Maltreatment? Is the Child at Risk?||p. 63|
|Once Again: How Culture Matters||p. 79|
|Assessment Instruments and Structured Decision Making||p. 80|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 82|
|Interviewing Diverse Children and Families about Maltreatment||p. 83|
|Before the Interview or First Session||p. 84|
|Building Rapport and Establishing Trust||p. 90|
|During the Interview||p. 92|
|Closure and Preparation for the Next Steps||p. 106|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 107|
|Physical Discipline and Abuse||p. 108|
|Research on Group Differences||p. 110|
|Corporal Punishment and Physical Abuse||p. 112|
|Culture in Discipline and Abuse||p. 116|
|Child-Raising Norms||p. 118|
|Intervening with Families Who Use Harsh Corporal Punishment||p. 121|
|Supporting Nonviolent Parenting||p. 129|
|Prevention Programming||p. 131|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 133|
|Child Sexual Abuse||p. 135|
|Shame in Child Sexual Abuse||p. 136|
|Cultural Aspects of Shame in Child Sexual Abuse||p. 139|
|Counteracting Shame||p. 156|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 158|
|Working with Interpreters in Child Maltreatment||p. 159|
|When to Use an Interpreter||p. 161|
|Finding an Interpreter||p. 161|
|Informal Interpreters||p. 163|
|Preparing Interpreters||p. 165|
|Cultural Asides and Other Reasons to Pause an Interview||p. 168|
|The Interpreter's Role||p. 169|
|The Interpreted Conversation||p. 170|
|The Emotional Cost of Interpreting in Child Abuse Situations||p. 173|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 174|
|Child Maltreatment Prevention and Parent Education||p. 176|
|Child Maltreatment Prevention||p. 177|
|The Parents' Best Interests||p. 187|
|Addressing Physical Abuse: Parent Groups and Classes||p. 188|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 198|
|Improving the Cultural Competency of Your Child Maltreatment Agency or Organization||p. 200|
|Why Should Agencies Change?||p. 201|
|Concluding Thoughts||p. 212|
|A Final Wish||p. 215|
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