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Middle Eastern Americans in Therapy: An Application of the SISM
Middle Eastern Americans in therapy: An application of the SISM

The heterogeneity of Middle Eastern Americans (MEAs) as a population challenges adherence to any specific therapeutic guidelines. However, being collectivistic, MEAs share characteristics with other collectivistic ethnocultural communities in the United States. It is this shared experience that justifies cross-application of culturally responsive models in therapy with the MEA population. Parham (2002) proposes six stages in the Skills Identi fication Model to organize culturally responsive therapeutic encounters for African American clients. In this chapter, we demonstrate the utility of this model, now called the Skills Identification Stage Model (SISM), in organizing the therapeutic encounters with MEAs.

Although there are shared values and characteristics among ethnocultural communities in ...

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