By Pamela A. Hays

Addressing Cultural Complexities in perform: A Framework for Clinicians and Counselors strikes past unidimensional recommendations of id to an realizing of the multiplicity of cultural affects that paintings to shape each one people. the genuine adventure of id is complicated and contextual. A individual isn't really easily Latino or homosexual, Asian American or an individual with a incapacity, an older American or a refugee. fairly, one or any mixture of those identities should be salient for a selected person in a given context. Pamela A. Hays bargains the ADDRESSING framework for spotting and dealing with cultural impacts -- aiding readers comprehend id as a multidimensional blend of age, developmental and got disabilities, faith, ethnicity, socioeconomic prestige, sexual orientation, indigenous history, nationwide beginning, and gender. Engagingly written and that includes quite a few case examples, this e-book combines the newest learn with vignettes from the author's personal perform. every one chapter's contents are summarized in "Key thought" tables, which allows use of the information within the school room in addition to within the health center. in contrast to different books on treatment with various consumers, which are likely to concentrate on operating with one specific ethnic crew, Addressing Cultural Complexities in perform offers a framework that may be used with an individual of any cultural id. This thought-provoking ebook may be precious to counselors, clinicians, and any expert operating with consumers from a number of diversified backgrounds.

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For example, during the Gulf War, I saw a client who was telling me about her son who was a part of the military action, and as she was talking she made a negative comment about Arab people. Her comment was completely incidental to her main point, and I doubt that she had any idea that what she said was offensive. At the time, I was married to an Arab man, and we were both involved in protesting the war. I had many strong feelings in reaction to her comment, but I chose to say nothing, in part because it seemed to me that saying something would have been calling attention to my issues rather than to the client‘s.

I focus on privilege here (rather than Cultural SelfAssessment I 39 oppression)because I have found that therapists' areas of privilege are usually those in which they are less knowledgeable and aware. In contrast, people are usually very aware of the areas in which they feel oppressed, because they've spent a great deal of time thinking about their experiences of oppression and are more connected to people with similar experiences. So, for this next step, return to your ADDRESSING outline. Look back over each category.

However, many clients are cautious about sharing information that could damage their families' reputation. Among Asian Americans, such reserve is best viewed as a culturally appropriate sign of maturity and self-control rather than as pathologicalresistance (S. C. With African American clients, "resistance" to therapeutic work may be a reflection of the "difficultiesof balancing parenting, household tasks, and one or more jobs" (Moore Hines 6 Boyd-Franklin, 1996, p. 80). Although behavioral change is often the goal of psychotherapy, clients of minority cultures and religions (and even some clients of dominant groups) may be more interested in obtaining emotional support or developing patience.

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