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 Seven: Two Jews, Three Opinions: Understanding and Working with Jewish Couples in Therapy
Two Jews, Three Opinions: Understanding and Working with Jewish Couples in Therapy
The saying “two Jews, three opinions” euphemistically describes Judaism as a complex, interwoven, pluralistic religion and culture. Not only are there differences in beliefs and practices among the various denominations of Judaism, but Jews are also culturally diverse, living in many countries and speaking multiple languages. Whether from Ashkenazic or Sephardic descent, the historical migration experience of being “wandering Jews” has deeply impacted the collective psyche of the Jewish people.
The above quote also describes a 5,000-year-old intellectual heritage that introduced a core set of beliefs, values, and ethical behavior codes [Page 122]to the world. Talmudic legal debate characteristically involved decisions rendered by ...