Multiculturalism is a way of thinking, being, and acting that promotes equality among different cultures and cultural groups and emphasizes a multidimensional view of the human experience. This view recognizes that one’s experience is based on the intersection of the multiple contexts in which one participates and the cultural dimensions with which one identifies (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class, socioeconomic status, ability, sexual orientation, and spirituality or religion). The significance of multiculturalism in couple and family therapy is closely tied to socially relevant historical shifts and changing cultural landscapes in the United States. Therefore, as racial and ethnic diversity continues to increase, so does our need to be culturally responsive and competent in our clinical practice. This entry offers an understanding of the origins of ...

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