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.

A Multilevel Contextual Model for Couples from Mainland China

A multilevel contextual model for couples from mainland China
LinShi and LinnaWang

Couple therapy is considered challenging because many intricate emotional elements are involved in the marital relationship. An even greater challenge arises when a mainstream therapist from the West works with a couple from mainland China. In this chapter, we attempt to provide a multilevel contextual conceptualization that is based on a competent understanding of the culture and its people as well as a unique culturally informed clinical intervention that aims to optimize couples' functioning in the marital context. This model takes into consideration variables such as acculturation and cultural identity, which are absent in the traditional Western models of psychotherapy. The term multilevel refers to the ...

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