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NEW TO THIS EDITION: Four new chapters focus on: 1) the Counselor, 2) people of Jewish descent, 3) people of European descent, and 4) social justice. Throughout, there is greater attention to a discussion of whiteness New data on genetic markers is provided along with connections to the origin of human beings Information from counseling psychology on counseling competency benchmarks are included across several chapters New text boxes add visual interest and clarify material in the form of knowledge boxes, self-check boxes, and definition boxes Recent events, such as the APA’s involvement with enhanced interrogation and the Hoffman report, the confederate flag in South Carolina, and legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states are discussed More attention to events within the counseling and psychology professions such as which mental health professionals can receive reimbursement from Medicare, which states have initial levels of licensure for professional counselors, and in which states psychologists have prescriptive authority Expanded focus on veterans and Alzheimer’s included in the chapter on disability A greater focus on millennials in this edition Updated definitions regarding gender and sexuality Updated census data are provided KEY FEATURES: Readers get an authentic snapshot of multicultural counseling as it happens. Integration and application of the material is accomplished through a realistic case study in each chapter that emphasizes a variety of counseling skills. The diversity across world cultures come alive in the Storytelling feature that appears in each chapter, honoring the powerful oral tradition of storytelling. Readers see how the ideas explored can help clinicians improve their cultural competence and strengthen the therapeutic alliance. Individual chapters cover people from various backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities, including people with disabilities; transgendered clients; people with substance use, and people across the developmental pipeline. Attention is given to therapists who do and do not exhibit cultural competence; the positive and adverse impact on patients is explored.

Converging Disability
17 Converging disability
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS CHAPTER

Understanding Disability

Disabilities and Children in Schools

Disabilities and Adults

Veterans

Disability Studies

The Social Construction of Disability

Alzheimer’s

Perfection, Beauty, and the Able Body

Implications for Mental Health Professionals

Case Study

Summary

If we are fortunate to live long and prosper, disability will visit each of us in some way, shape, or form. This chapter has been influenced by the literature on disability studies and feminist disability theory (Garland-Thomas, 2002; Olkin & Pledger, 2003; Olkin, 2004). The status of the lived body, the politics of appearance, the medicalization of the body, the privilege of normalcy, multiculturalism, sexuality, the social construction of identity, and the commitment to integration are all aspects of a feminist disability theory, ...

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