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.

The Question of Racism

The question of racism

Failing to address racism is a form of racism itself. It is like having the ability to rescue a drowning child but failing to do so.

—Charles Ridley, Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy

This chapter addresses the destructive influences of racism—the ideological legacy of European colonization that has material impact on the lives of people across diverse cultures. Applications of counseling and psychology must not only deal with people from diverse backgrounds; they must deal with the effects of racist ideology on their lives. Combating racism, however, is not just a matter of agreeing that it is a bad thing and starting from there. It involves thinking through some issues in order to ensure that the work of ...

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