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Multicultural Couple Therapy

Multicultural Couple Therapy

December 2008 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Most traditional couple therapy models are based on the Eurocentric, middle-class value system and are not effective for today's psychotherapists working in multicultural settings. Multicultural Couple Therapy is the first "hands-on" guide for integrating couple therapy with culture, race, ethnic identity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and immigration experiences.

The editors and a culturally diverse group of contributors follow a common outline of topics across chapters, related to theory, research, practice, and training. They report on the application of major evidence-based models of couple therapy and demonstrate the integral role played by contextually based values involved in relationships, conflict, and resolution.

Key Features

  • Presents a multiperspective approach that focuses on specific cultural issues in couple therapy
  • Creates a cultural context for couples to help readers better understand key issues that affect relationships
  • Features a series of compelling "Case Examples" from the authors' personal therapeutic experience in treatment with couples from diverse backgrounds
  • Includes "Additional Resource" sections, including suggested readings, films, and Web sites, as well as experiential exercises and topics for reflection

Intended Audience
This groundbreaking book provides an in-depth resource for clinicians, supervisors, educators, and students enrolled in courses in couple therapy, marriage and family therapy, and multicultural counseling who are interested in how diverse clients define conflicts and what they consider to be functional solutions.

Introduction to Multicultural Couple Therapy (Mudita Rastogi, Volker Thomas)

Power, Privilege, and Oppression: White Therapists Working with Minority Couples (Sheila Addison, Volker Thomas)

The Emotional Experience of Immigration (Sol D'Urso, Sandra Reynaga, Jo Ellen Patterson)

Section A: Interracial Couples
Integrating Socially Segregated Identities: Queer Couples and the Question of Race (Sheila Addison, Deborah Coolhart)

The Unspoken Power of Racial Context: What’s Race Gotta Do With It? (Larry J. Lee)

Section B: Religious Minority Couples
Couple Therapy with Muslims: Challenges and Opportunities (Manijeh Daneshpour)

Two Jews, Three Opinions: Understanding and Working with Jewish Couples (Israela Meyerstein)

Section C: Evidence-Based Models of Couple Therapy with Minorities
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Intercultural Couples (Paul S. Greenman, Marta Young, Susan M. Johnson)

Brief Strategic Family Therapy: Treating the Hispanic Couple Subsystem in the Context of Family, Ecology, and Acculturative Stress (Olga E. Hervis, Silvia Kaminsky, Kathleen A. Shea)

Cultural Considerations in Evidence Based Traditional and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (Mia Sevier, Jean Yi)

Section D: African American and Black Couples
Premarital Counseling with Middle Class African Americans: The Forgotten Group (Anthony Chambers)

Joining, Understanding, and Supporting Black Couples in Treatment (Shalonda Kelly, Nancy Boyd-Franklin)

Section E: Asian American Couples
Drawing Gender to the Foreground: Couple Therapy with South Asians in the U.S. (Mudita Rastogi)

Couples in the Desi Community: The Intersect of Culture, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Class, and Domestic Violence (Rhea V. Almeida)

A Multi-level Contextual Model for Couples From Mainland China (Lin Shi, Linna Wang)

Section F: Latino and Hispanic Couples
Using Art to Co-create Problem-solving Narratives with Latino Couples (Maria Bermudez, Margaret L. Keeling, Thomas Stone Carlson

Culturally Informed Emotionaly Focused Therapy with Latino/a Immigrant Couples (Jose Ruben Parra-Cardona, David Cordova Jr., Kendal Holtrop)

Section G: Native and First Nations Couples
The Use of Narratice Practices and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with First Nations Couples (Sam Berg)

Native Couple Therapy: Connecting, Rebuilding and Growing Beyond (Jann Derrick)

Brief Strategic Family Therapy: Treating the Hispanic Couple Subsystem in the Context of Family, Ecology and Acculturative Stress DROPPED


Doug Sprenkle

"A long awaited resource that moves the field forward!"

Mary Julia C. Moore
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The presentation of cases using various models of systemic therapy makes this text unique and invaluable.

Ms Wanda Sevey
Family Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University
June 21, 2013
Key features
  • Multicultural Perspective - Instructors are paying increasing attention to matters of race and diversity
  • Contributors - Well known in arena of marriage and family therapy
  • Approach - Authors cover counseling of various populations from a systems perspective
  • Practical - Each chapter will provide actual practice guidelines for area of coverage
  • Edited volume - Provides the depth on each minority population which is difficult to achieve by a single authored text.

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