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.

Complexity and Culture

Complexity and culture

Culture in North American multicultural literature generally refers first to different ethnic and racial minority groups and then to subcultures based on gender, sexual orientation, and, to a lesser extent, socioeconomic factors and age. There is a debate in the multicultural counseling literature about the nature of these cultural categories as well as about the extent to which group identities should be given prime billing in the world of culture. It is worth exploring some of the debates here to better grapple with current thinking about multiculturalism and counseling. We can then compare and contrast our own position with the debate that has taken place over the last two decades.

Many multicultural researchers and scholars write about multicultural counseling as a ...

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