Culture and the Therapeutic Process: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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While there are numerous resources for practitioners on the subject, the ambiguity remains of what actually constitutes effective multicultural counseling and psychotherapy and how it should be incorporated into their sessions. This book addresses the question of how to apply current theories and research with a unique a oestart-to-finisha approach, examining the role culture plays in each stage of the therapeutic process, from before the clinical intake to termination. Each chapter is devoted to one of these stages and provides practical strategies, techniques, examples, and case studies. The reader will find new ways to consider the influence of culture and expand their own knowledge and skills as a practitioner.

Author Biography

Mark M. Leach, PhD, is Professor and Training Director of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Louisville. Jamie D. Aten, PhD, is Assistant Director of Health and Mental Health for the Katrina Research Center and Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Editorsp. xi
About the Contributorsp. xiii
An Introduction to the Practical Incorporation of Culture into Practicep. 1
Developing Therapist Self-Awareness and Knowledgep. 13
Considering Culture in the Clinical Intake Interview and Reportp. 37
Assessment and Diagnosis in a Cultural Contextp. 65
Case Conceptualizations of Mental Health Counselors: Implications for the Delivery of Culturally Competent Carep. 99
Treatment Planning in a Multicultural Context: Some Suggestions for Counselors and Psychotherapistsp. 117
Cultural Encapsulation and Decapsulation of Therapist Traineesp. 157
Culture and Worldview in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Recommended Approaches for Working with Persons from Diverse Sociocultural Backgroundsp. 181
Termination within the Context of Culture: A Three-Phase Modelp. 201
Looking through a Kaleidoscope: A Case Studyp. 229
Toward Practicing Culturally Sound Counseling: A Synthesis of Current Clinical Research and Experiencep. 255
Indexp. 301
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