A dynamic exploration of advancing multicultural competence

Offering a fresh theoretical perspective and packed with powerful strategies, New Horizons in Multicultural Counseling clarifies the complexity of culture in our increasingly globalized society. Counselors will find practice-based strategies to help them progress in their clinical practice and gain cultural competence.

Key Features and Benefits

Presents a social constructionism perspective – a progressive perspective that has emerged within a postmodern paradigm; Addresses difficult contemporary human problems with sophisticated and robust conceptual tools, providing readers with a new language to discuss complex counseling and communication problems across cultures; Offers innovative ideas and solutions to address common culturally challenges such as racism, personal suffering and stuck situations; Inspires creativity and undermines judgment, blame, and shame by reconceptualizing theories of culture, giving readers a better handle on the complexity of lived experience

Intended Audience

A core text for Multicultural Counseling, this book is also an ideal supplement to more general upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling, and social work. Practitioners will also find the unique perspective and practice-based tools invaluable.

What Is Culture?

What is culture?

“What is your culture?” People answer that question in lots of different ways, illustrating the confusion we have about what culture is and what it means to us. Some people answer by referring to a political entity, such as their country or state of origin. Others refer to a geographic location, such as the continent they belong to, or to a region or locale with which they identify, or to their ethnicity or tribal origins. They answer, “I am American,” “Cuban,” “Indian,” “Canadian,” “Mexican,” “Caucasian,” “Asian,” “Californian,” or “a New Yorker!” Sometimes they mix geography with ethnicity, calling themselves “African American,” “Arab American,” or “Caribbean American.” Or they might say “black” or “white,” drawing attention to physical characteristics over geography ...

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