Most traditional couple therapy models are based on the Eurocentric, middle-class value system and are not effective for today's psychotherapists working in multicultural settings. Multicultural Couple Therapy is the first “hands-on” guide for integrating couple therapy with culture, race, ethnic identity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and immigration experiences.

The editors and a culturally diverse group of contributors follow a common outline of topics across chapters, related to theory, research, practice, and training. They report on the application of major evidence-based models of couple therapy and demonstrate the integral role played by contextually based values involved in relationships, conflict, and resolution.

Key Features

  • Presents a multiperspective approach that focuses on specific cultural issues in couple therapy
  • Creates a cultural context for couples to help readers better understand key issues that affect relationships
  • Features a series of compelling “Case Examples” from the authors' personal therapeutic experience in treatment with couples from diverse backgrounds
  • Includes “Additional Resource” sections, including suggested readings, films, and Web sites, as well as experiential exercises and topics for reflection

Intended Audience

This groundbreaking book provides an in-depth resource for clinicians, supervisors, educators, and students enrolled in courses in couple therapy, marriage and family therapy, and multicultural counseling who are interested in how diverse clients define conflicts and what they consider to be functional solutions.

Joining, Understanding, and Supporting Black Couples in Treatment

Joining, understanding, and supporting black couples in treatment
ShalondaKelly and NancyBoyd-Franklin

A controversial topic in the African American community is that of male–female couple relationships. Given the widespread negative portrayals of African Americans, and the high levels of segregation in the United States, many well-trained therapists of all backgrounds may encounter unexpected difficulties when treating African American couples. Despite the great need for viable interventions with this population, relatively little literature has addressed this topic (Boyd-Franklin, 2003; Kelly & Floyd, 2006).

All treatments should include a multicultural, systems-oriented, and strengths-based approach, and these are commonalities in our treatment of African American couples and families. Kelly applies a family systems and a cognitive behavioral framework, while Boyd-Franklin applies a family systems ...

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