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.

Race, Ethnicity, and Identity

Race, ethnicity, and identity

Race has played a dominant role in shaping contemporary life throughout the world. The history of race and its role in European colonization has powerfully shaped, and continues to shape, how we perceive ourselves and others in relation to particular defining physical features. Racial categorization has meant for some groups continuous and systematic unearned access to opportunity in important aspects of day-to-day life. These opportunities lead to quality housing, education, health care, political authority, and overall psychological well-being. For less favored racial groups, racial categorization produces systematic denial of opportunity and access to quality essential services.

Access to societal resources, or the denial of access to them, has a profound influence on people's quality of life. It also impacts ...

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