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.
- 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
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.
Chapter Thirteen: Drawing Gender to the Foreground: Couple Therapy with South Asians in the United States
Drawing Gender to the Foreground: Couple Therapy with South Asians in the United States
This chapter will focus on the role of gender, power, and privilege in couple/marital problems in South Asians in the United States. I believe that couple therapists working with this population cannot afford not to examine gender in therapy. I will highlight how South Asian couples and families are impacted by gender, and how they in turn construct gender within their relationships. Drawing upon the literature on ethnic identity, acculturation, and cultural views of mental health, I will examine couple problems and larger family conflicts from the lenses of gender, power, and privilege. Utilizing case material, I will ...