Why is it so difficult to provide quality mental health care for multicultural populations? How can quality care be achieved? Understanding Cultural Identity in Intervention and Assessment centers on this dilemma. This text for multicultural courses in counseling, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and social work begins with a description of the existing societal context for mental health services in the United States and the limitations of available services for multicultural populations. It documents the cultural competence a practitioner needs to provide adequate, credible, and potentially beneficial services to diverse clientele. It presents a model for effective culture-specific services that emphasizes the description and understanding of cultural/racial identity and the use of this information to develop cultural formulations to increase the accuracy of diagnoses. To provide examples of this model, the author devotes four chapters to a discussion of mental health services for a variety of domestic groups: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. A valuable supplement to a variety of courses, Understanding Cultural Identity in Intervention and Assessment will enhance students' understanding of multicultural mental health issues in fields such as clinical/counseling psychology, multicultural psychology, educational psychology, social work, health services, and ethnic studies.

Quality Care for Multicultural Populations

Quality Care for Multicultural Populations

Quality care for multicultural populations

Quality care may be defined as a set of outcomes from ethnorelativistic thinking applied to the development of services and mechanisms for service delivery. Society has to esteem and value these services sufficiently to provide for adequate funding and minimize discrimination in access and use. This chapter will suggest ideals, describe realities, and assess current limitations. Such services begin with understanding the nature of the human contract between provider and client. The meaning of this contract can be reflected in the selection, training, and evaluation of providers as well as by the organizational standards, guidelines, and ethical codes developed by concerned professions. This contract is then implemented by state and national legislation, which includes licensure and ...

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