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.

Chapter Seventeen: Culturally Informed Emotionally Focused Therapy with Latino/a Immigrant Couples

Culturally Informed Emotionally Focused Therapy with Latino/a Immigrant Couples

Culturally informed emotionally focused therapy with Latino/a immigrant couples
José RubénParra-Cardona, DavidCórdova Jr., KendalHoltrop, Ana RocíoEscobar-Chew, and SheenaHorsford

Latinos/as1 are the largest and fastest growing ethnic minority group in the United States (U.S. Census, 2000). However, Latinos/as continue to be seriously underrepresented in research and service delivery, which prevents them from obtaining the benefits associated with participation in evidence-based practices (Castro, Barrera, & Martinez, 2004). The purpose of this chapter is to present a culturally informed model for the application of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Latino/a immigrants. EFT is an evidence-based intervention capable of alleviating couples' emotional distress by promoting individual worth and identity along with relational security and intimacy (Johnson, 2004). We focus on the ...

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