International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Counseling a Female Client from Korea: Applying the Han Counseling Model

Counseling a female client from Korea: Applying the Han counseling model
Lawrence H.Gerstein
Young SoonKim

This chapter highlights the work of a highly esteemed mental health professional in Korea. The case of a female Korean client is presented. One of the few indigenous models of Korean counseling is introduced and also discussed in relation to the counseling process with the featured client. The effectiveness of this indigenous approach is discussed as well.

Introduction of the Authors

Lawrence (Larry) was raised in a lower middle class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BBA degree in public administration with a minor in psychology from Bernard Baruch College in New York and in 1974 completed an MA degree in rehabilitation ...

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