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.

Using Art to Co-Create Preferred Problem-Solving Narratives with Latino Couples

Using art to co-create preferred problem-solving narratives with Latino couples
MariaBermúdez, Margaret L.Keeling, and Thomas StoneCarlson

In memory of Michael White, with gratitude.

For many immigrant Latinos in the United States, transitioning from a traditional partnership to a companionate partnership is often a necessary and desired change. However, it may also be a factor that brings couples into therapy (Falicov, 1998; Repak, 1995). Balancing their relationship or marriage, parenting, family of origin, child rearing, work, economic and acculturation issues, among others, is sure to cause tension among couples. Issues related to immigration and economic hardships are especially difficult for immigrant couples and families (Inclan, 2003), with divorce rates being higher for couples who emigrate together (Repak, 1995). ...

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