Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Lifespan Perspective (2nd Edition)

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9780132719254: Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Lifespan Perspective (2nd Edition)

Written to explore the lives and potential counseling problems of African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American populations, this text considers the powerful influences of a client's developmental stage and cultural background. It maintains that integrating multicultural and lifespan considerations is crucial to counseling effectiveness. The authors also advocate an understanding of individual differences -- cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and individual -- in order for counselors to use existing strategies to their best advantage. Intervening with clients from diverse backgrounds, understanding and counseling specific groups during various lifespan stages, and professional issues/future directions of the multicultural counseling field are also covered.

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The lifespan perspective that provides a framework for the text reflects the current emphasis on lifespan development and stresses the fact that mental health issues and counseling problems differ form children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. It also recognizes the importance of the prenatal months on an individual's development and calls attention to the often dismal realities of prenatal health care.

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This book shows counselors how an understanding of individual differences — cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and individual — can help them use existing strategies to their best advantage. Considers the powerful influences of a client's developmental stage and cultural background. Explores the lives and potential counseling problems of African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American populations. Considers the impact of the counselor's cultural identity. Explores special perspectives in boxed features -- Gender Perspectives and Gay/Lesbian Perspectives. Uses Up Close and Personal vignettes to portray a child, an adolescent, an adult, and an elderly person within the family, within the culture, and within society. A Focus on Research boxes present studies and scholarly writings on counseling, development, and multicultural populations. Covers professional issues/future directions of the multicultural counseling field.

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