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 Six: Couple Therapy with Muslims: Challenges and Opportunities
Couple Therapy with Muslims: Challenges and Opportunities
According to the U.S. State Department, Islam is one of the country's fastest-growing religions, and by 2010 Muslims will surpass the Jewish population as the country's second-largest religious group (Al-Krenawi & Graham, 2005). The latest statistics claim that the Muslim population in the United States numbers about eight million, of which 12.4% are Arab, 42% are African American, 24.4% are Asian, and 21% are “other” (Dadabhoy, 2004; Holmes-Eber, 1997), with immigrants making up two-thirds to three-quarters (Al-Krenawi & Graham, 2005; Dadabhoy, 2004). Furthermore, immigration to the United States from the Middle East has been heavy in recent years. This increase is expected to continue at such high levels that it is likely ...