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.

Identity Construction

Identity construction

Previous chapters have dealt with macro-level social processes and power relations that emerge in the multicultural counseling field, and we have explored how they play a part in the creation of culture, ethnicity, race, and gender. Considerable emphasis has been placed on the impact of the historical forces of European colonization that have shaped the modern world. This chapter shifts our attention to the micro-level processes of identity construction but attempts not to lose a sense of the impact of the social dimensions of culture, history, race, ethnicity, and power relations.

The global sociohistorical processes at work around the planet—in particular, the impact of the mass media, technology, and migration, as well as the sustained efforts of many people to generate decolonizing social ...

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