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.

Power and Privilege: Part One: A Liberal Humanist Perspective

Power and privilege: Part one: A liberal humanist perspective

This chapter and the two chapters that follow address the issue of power. This is a thorny issue in the helping professions, which are mainly oriented to working with one person at a time. When you are engrossed in the process of counseling one person with regard to his or her struggles in life, it is often hard to conceptualize how the problems he or she is talking about are part of a larger picture of cultural relations. But that's what's required in a multicultural approach to helping relationships. An emphasis on culture invites us to see persons not just as individuals with their own thoughts and feelings ...

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