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Latino Families in Therapy: A Guide to Multicultural Practice (Guilford Family Therapy)
Synopses & Reviews
Presenting an accessible and original framework for thinking about multiculturalism in therapy, this comprehensive volume provides valuable insights and strategies for therapists working with Latino families. Practitioners and students gain awareness of specific clincial issues, family dynamics, and sociopolitical realities that are frequently shared by Latino clients, while at the same time learning to avoid stereotypical assessments that rob families of their individual histories and choices. Filled with evocative case illustrations and clinical pointers, the book represents an important contribution to culturally sensitive psychotherapy practice.
Book News Annotation:
Falicov (psychiatry, U. of California) presents her multidimensional ecosystemic comparative approach for therapists working with Latino families. After exploring the different migration experiences of the various groups, she then examines the effects of racism and discrimination, the role of religion and folk beliefs in family life, cross-cultural dilemmas, and the ever-changing forms of the Latino family itself. With a focus on issues that may arise in therapy, she covers topics including extended family and intergenerational hierarchies, how beliefs about gender affect couple relationships, childrearing attitudes and expectations, adolescent rites of passage, and the role of the elderly in Latino communities.
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This book represents an important contribution to the literature on multiculturalism and psychology and provides valuable tools and insights for working with Latino families. Employing an accessible and original multidimensional approach, Falicov presents effective clinical strategies for addressing issues that frequently confront Latino families--including different migration histories, experiences of racial discrimination, and dilemmas that can result from adapting to a new cultural setting. Through in-depth case illustrations, the author demonstrates that Latinos in the United States are a heterogeneous population from many countries, with a diverse array of belief systems and socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet, some widely shared concerns and traditions are discernible. Readers will learn how to become more sensitive to cultural differences without falling prey to stereotypical assessments that rob clients of their individual histories and choices.
This acclaimed work--now in an extensively revised second edition--provides an up-to-date conceptual framework and hands-on strategies for culturally competent clinical practice with Latino families and individuals. Practitioners and students gain an understanding of the family dynamics, migration experiences, ecological stressors, and cultural resources that are frequently shared by Latino families, as well as variations among them. Through many in-depth case illustrations, the author shows how to apply a multicultural and social justice lens to assessment and intervention, while drawing on each client's strengths. Creative ideas are presented for addressing frequently encountered clinical issues and challenges at all stages of the family life cycle.
New to This Edition
*Delineates the author's multidimensional, ecosystemic, and comparative approach (MECA) in greater detail; presents MECAmaps, MECAgenograms, and other innovative clinical tools.
*Incorporates the latest research and over a decade of social and demographic changes.
*Chapter on working with geographically separated families, including innovative uses of technology.
*Chapters on health disparities and on adolescents.
*Expanded discussions of second-generation risks and strengths and of same-sex marriage, intermarriage, divorce, and stepparenting.
About the Author
Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She also teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, has a private clinical practice, and conducts supervision groups. Dr. Falicov is the author of numerous publications on cultural perspectives in family therapy and on the process of change during family transitions, and is the editor of Family Transitions: Continuity and Change over the Life Cycle. She is the current President of the American Family Therapy Academy.
Table of Contents
2. MECA: A Meeting Place for Culture and Therapy
II. The Latino Experience: Movement and Change
3. Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans: An Overview
4. Journeys of Migration: Opportunity and Continuity
5. Journeys of Adaptation: Options for Change
III. The Crossroads of Inner and Outer Worlds: Ecological Contexts
6. The Impact of Racism and Discrimination
7. The Challenge of School and Work
8. Belief Systems: Religion and Health
IV. Latino Family Bonds
9. Family Organization: The Safety Net of Close and Extended Kin
10. The World of Couples: Reality and Myth
V. The Latino Family Life Cycle
11. Childhood and Adolescence
12. Adulthood across the Lifespan
13. Current Trends and Future Directions in Multiculturalism
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