This widely used clinical resource and text was among the first to demonstrate the crucial significance of a family's cultural system in therapeutic work. Chapters are designed to enhance the cultural competance of clinicians working with members of over 40 different ethnic groups in the United States, including families of European, Latino, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American heritage. Ethnic profiles and case studies are presented not as definitive or stereotypical descriptions, but rather as informative frameworks for equipping practitioners with a sense of the cultural issues they may encounter in practice.
Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, PhD (h.c.), is the cofounder and Director of the Family Institute of New Jersey. An Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Social Service, she also serves on the faculty of the Family Institute of Westchester. She has received a number awards for her work, including an honorary doctorate from Smith College for her many contributions to the field and the annual award of the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy, Theory, and Practice. Known internationally for her many books, she has spoken widely on a variety of topics including culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, grief and loss, genograms, and family relationships.
Joe Giordano, M.S.W., is Director of Ethnicity and Mental Health Associates and was formerly Director of the American Jewish Committee's Center on Ethnicity, Behavior, and Communications, where he conducted pioneering studies on the psychological nature of ethnic identity and group behavior. Widely published, his articles on ethnicity, family, and the media have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. He also served as host on Proud to Be Me, a PBS television program for adolescents on race and ethnic identity, and is currently producing the radio series Growing Up in America--Many Families, Many Cultures.
John K. Pearce, M.D., is Medical Director of the Island Counseling Center at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Widely published, he is President of the International Association for the Study of Comparative Psychology and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of an Internet journal, the International Journal of Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Psychotherapy.
"Now in a fully revised and expanded third edition, this widely used clinical reference and text provides the latest knowledge on culturally sensitive practice with families and individuals from over 40 different ethnic groups. In every chapter, the expert contributors demonstrate how ethno-cultural factors may influence the assumptions of both clients and therapists, the issues people bring to the therapeutic context, and their resources for coping and problem solving." "This third edition belongs on the desks of all therapists and counselors working with families. It is an informative text for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in family therapy, clinical and counseling psychology, social work, human development, and related fields."--BOOK JACKET.