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.

Multicultural Competence Examined

Multicultural competence examined

Multicultural writers have dedicated over three decades to developing multicultural counseling practices that will help make counseling practitioners more competent in working with diverse client groups. The advances they have made in promoting what is known in the field as “cultural competence” have been significant for therapists and clients alike. Today, in most major professional organizations offering mental health care, there is a call to all professionals to be culturally competent (Middleton, Stadler, & Simpson, 2005). Clinical multicultural competence has been introduced and then formalized in program accreditation standards such as those of the American Counseling Association (2005), American Psychological Association (2002), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (2001), Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (1996), Association ...

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