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By: Rita Chi-Ying Chung & Fred Bemak

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 18: Group Counseling with Asians

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Group Counseling with Asians
Group counseling with asians
Rita Chi-Ying ChungFred Bemak

Asian Americans are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States (U.S. Census, 2010). Asians comprised 5.6% (17.3 million) of the total U.S. population. It is projected that by 2050, they will comprise 9% (40.6 million) of the population, increasing the likelihood that counselors will encounter more Asian clients (U.S. Census, 2010). Since Asian Americans come from collectivistic family and group orientated cultures, group counseling can be an effective intervention. However, for group workers to be effective with Asians, it is important to be aware and understand the characteristics of this diverse population. The chapter will begin with a brief overview of the Asian population that includes cultural values and worldviews ...

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