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.

Discourse, Positioning, and Deconstruction

Discourse, positioning, and deconstruction

In this chapter, we want to introduce some new concepts into the literature on multicultural counseling. We shall introduce and explain the concept of discourse and the idea of being positioned in relation to discourse. We shall also explain the approach to understanding discourse usage called deconstruction. These are not-so-new concepts in social theory (they have been used in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, literary studies, and anthropology for a couple of decades, even though not universally by all academics in these domains), but they have only to a modest extent been picked up by psychologists and are still not widely understood in the field of counseling.

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