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Culturally Alert Counseling

Culturally Alert Counseling
A Comprehensive Introduction

Third Edition
Edited by:

December 2019 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Culturally Alert Counseling: A Comprehensive Introduction is a reader-friendly introduction to the cultural dimensions of counseling and psychotherapy. Editor Garrett McAuliffe, along with international experts in their fields, provides an accessible presentation of culturally alert counseling techniques that broadens the discussion of culture from ethnicity and race to include social class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Culture is defined broadly in the text, which features a mindful exploration of seven ethnic groupings, inclusive of all people within dominant and non-dominant cultural groups. The extensively revised Third Edition includes two new chapters on counseling immigrants and refugees and counseling military populations, exposing students to complex cultural developments. With the help of this text, readers will leave informed and ready to begin practice equipped with both a vision of the work and practical skills for effectively implementing it.

Preface to the Third Edition
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Garrett J. McAuliffe
1. Culture and Diversity Defined
Garrett J. McAuliffe
2. Culture: Clarifications and Complications
Tim Grothaus, Garrett J. McAuliffe, and Mona Danner
3. Social Justice and Advocacy
Garrett J. McAuliffe, Bryan S. K. Kim, and Yong S. Park
4. Ethnicity
Garrett J. Mcauliffe, Tim Grothaus, and Edwin Gomez
5. Conceptualizing Race and Racism
Kathy M. Evans
6. African Americans
Bryan S. K. Kim, Yong S. Park, and Sherry C. Wang
7. East and Southeast Asian Americans
Michael T. Garrett (Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation), Cyrus Williams, Lisa Grayshield (Washoe Nation), Tarrell Awe, Agahe Portman (White River Cherokee), and J. T. Garrett (Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation)
8. Native Americans
Adrianne Johnson, Tara Hill, Nancy Adams, Lee J. Richmond, and Mary H. Guindon
9. White Americans of European Descent
Julie Hakim-Larson, Sylvia Nassar, and Ashley D. Paterson
10. Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) Ancestry
Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Jhokania De Los Santos, Cristalís Capielo Rosario, Jasmine J. Jenkins, and Rebekah Ingram Estevez
11. Latino/a Americans
Daya Singh Sandhu, Joshua Ebby Abraham, and Jayamala Madathil
12. South Asian Americans
Patricia Goodspeed-Grant, Karen L. Mackie, and Joshua Abraham
13. Social Class
Lori E. Notestine and Chris Leeth
14. Gender
Dawn M. Szymanski and Rachel F. Carretta
15. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients
Jesse Fox, Karen Eriksen, Shelley A. Jackson, and Chet Weld
16. Religion and Spirituality
Yvette Q. Getch, Christina R. Noel, and Adrianne L. Johnson
17. Individuals With Disabilities
Ben C. H. Kuo, Siqi Huang, Sara Keshavarzi, and Renee Taylor
18. Immigrants and Refugees: Facilitating Cultural Transition
Erin Kern Popejoy
19. Military Populations
Garrett J. McAuliffe and Tim Grothaus
20. The Practice of Culturally Alert Counseling

Culturally Alert Counseling is quite comprehensive in that it provides material that helps students increase their self-awareness, enhance their knowledge of major cultural groups, and build their skills to intentionally address culture in the counseling exchange.”

Claudette A. Brown-Smythe
Medaille College

Culturally Alert Counseling is an excellent textbook – comprehensive, logical, and didactic while engaging students.”

Helen S. Hamlet
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Culturally Alert Counseling presents information in a ‘user-friendly’ manner to help students from all backgrounds become more culturally alert.”

Jan M. Heinitz
Concordia University Wisconsin

Culturally Alert Counseling is an excellent book for introductory and advanced courses on cultural competence in counseling. The authors provide many opportunities for self-reflection and growth among beginning and advanced counselors. Each chapter is very user-friendly and provides concrete examples of situations that counselors will likely face when working with diverse populations. I appreciate how this book presents the topic of cultural competence in straightforward non-biased language that both students and practitioners can appreciate.”

LaTrice Montgomery
University of Cincinnati

“Every chapter in Culturally Alert Counseling addresses the essential philosophy (knowledge, awareness, and skills) of the field in a highly readable fashion. While 500 plus pages filled with extensive exercises and a wealth of recommended resources may seem a lot for a three hour course, I came away from the book knowing that I could never know all I need about this critical area because it is constantly changing.”

Van Vaughn
Missouri Baptist University
Key features
  • Two new chapters on counseling immigrants and refugees and counseling military populations expose students to timely and complex cultural developments.
  • All chapters have been updated with the latest research and literature, presenting new evidence of important social changes.
  • New illustrative case vignettes and examples and revised reader exercises go beyond cultural generalizations, providing students with significant discussions and opportunities for self-reflection.
  • Updated language for diversity (use of pronouns, etc.), crucial for counselors to master, reflects the evolving nature of language as it relates to culture.



  • Professionally-filmed, multicultural counseling demonstration videos on DVD (complete with Facilitator's Guide) are created by the author, bringing the context of the textbook to life. Companion DVDs sold separately.
  • National leaders in each topic offer cutting edge presentations with a deep but readable, and uniformly formatted, treatment of each cultural area.
  • Using a constructivist methodology, conceptual foundations beyond race and ethnicity are laid with discussions of social inequality, social justice, social diversity, and critical consciousness.
  • Cultural groupings in theory and clinical practice are inclusive of all people, both those in dominant and non-dominant cultural groups, so that counselors can work successfully with members of various cultural backgrounds.
  • Through many practical applications, such as cultural self-awareness activities, boxed anecdotes, engaging case studies, and much more, the book brings conceptual material into concrete clinical experience.
  • Activities emphasize cultural self-awareness, including assessment of attitudes toward diversity and revised, research-based cultural de-centering model that helps readers reduce their own ethnocentrism.
  • Key practices section includes an innovative application of narrative therapy to culture.

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