The Couple is Telling You What You Need to Know: Couple Directed Therapy in a Multicultural Context / Edition 1

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Overview

As our society becomes more culturally diverse and our definition of family changes, mental health practitioners must respond by becoming more adept at understanding issues of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class, and recognizing their impact on every aspect of therapy.
Effective couple therapy hinges on tolerating and bridging such differences, making culturally sensitive therapeutic practice essential to establishing trust, building rapport, and reconnecting couples and families. Outlining the specific skills necessary for inclusivity and citing numerous real-life case examples, this book presents a solid framework for therapists seeking to integrate theories of multiculturalism into their practices, empowering both therapist and client to work through complex and often unjust cultural contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704273
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman S. Bobes, M.D., was in the private practice of Internal Medicine for 30 years in Los Angeles, California, and is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCLA Medical Center where he taught for 20 years. Currently, he works as a medical consultant and educator.

Toby Bobes, Ph.D., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a therapy and consultation practice. She is an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University Santa Barbara and teaches at Pacifica Graduate Institute, as well as coauthor of Doing Couple Therapy: Integrating Theory with Practice.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Listening 23
Ch. 2 Language practices 31
Ch. 3 Questioning 39
Ch. 4 Creating a conceptual map 53
Ch. 5 A couple in cultural transition 59
Ch. 6 When belief systems collide 69
Ch. 7 Special considerations in working with gay and lesbian couples 77
Ch. 8 Domestic violence in couples and families 89
Ch. 9 Working with African-American couples 99
Ch. 10 Narratives of interracial couples 109
Ch. 11 Illness narratives in couples and families 119
Ch. 12 Addressing relational issues of older couples 131
Ch. 13 Stepfamilies and repartnering 141
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