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In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Part III: Introduction to Multicultural and Diverse Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups

Subject: Group Therapy

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Introduction to Multicultural and Diverse Counseling and Psychotherapy Groups
Introduction to multicultural and diverse counseling and psychotherapy groups

Much has changed in the field of multicultural counseling, and specifically, multicultural groups in the last ten years. The definition of multicultural has become broader and more inclusive. Yalom and Leszcz (2005) emphasized the importance of heterogeneity in helping group members consider problems (and solutions) from multiple perspectives. Thus, embracing heterogeneity and using it to facilitate group dynamics is a positive step. Anderson (2007) offered this:

Multicultural group work is a helping process that includes screening, assessing, and diagnosing dynamics of group social systems, members, and leadership for the purpose of establishing goals, outcomes, processes, and interventions that are informed by multicultural counseling knowledge, skills, and abilities. It ...

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