Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services

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This book helps you to provide culturally sensitive services to clients. Author Jerry Diller covers general principles of cultural competence, racism, culture, and the process of cross-cultural service delivery, as well as providing cultural information on specific populations. The book includes expanded treatment of racial identification models, many real-world examples, and case studies.

Cultural Diversity: A Primer for the Human Services also contains interviews with five professionals, each with a different ethnic background - Latino/Latina, Native American, African American, Asian American, and White ethnic (Jewish American) - to give you hands-on clinical suggestions and cautions. Self-awareness exercises are included to help you to recognize any prejudices you may have, so that you can be more effective in working with diverse clients.

Updated throughout with new content, including the latest references and research, this Second Edition is a resource that is appropriate for clinicians-in-training as it is for practicing professionals.

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"[This is a] good text that promotes discussion and critical thinking about culture. It is well organized and has good detail. It is easy to read and is not wordy. It is concise and not as bulky as some of the writing in culture texts. "- Caroline Brackette, Mercer University

"The text is well-written and reader friendly. It serves as a nice introduction of topics, terms, concepts, and information related to diversity issues for the field of human services. The interviews are a plus. " - Jill Dustin, Old Dominion University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534355845
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Counseling Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry V. Diller has been teaching for over 30 years and has taught at all levels of higher education. He is currently on the faculty at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, where he teaches courses in clinical psychology, cultural diversity, and cross-cultural services delivery. He has also taught at the University of Oregon and at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, where he was awarded the Innovation of the Year Award for teaching. He has worked with clients from a variety of different ethnic groups in private practice and public mental health settings and is the author of two books on ethnic identity as well as CULTURAL COMPETENCE: A PRIMER FOR EDUCATORS (Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 What it means to be culturally competent 9
Ch. 3 Understanding racism, prejudice, and white privilege 31
Ch. 4 Understanding culture and cultural differences 61
Ch. 5 Children and parents of color 83
Ch. 6 Mental health issues 112
Ch. 7 Bias in service delivery 136
Ch. 8 Working with culturally different clients 158
Ch. 9 Addressing ethnic conflict, genocide, and mass violence 176
Ch. 10 Working with Latino/a clients : an interview with Roberto Almanzan 200
Ch. 11 Working with native American clients : an interview with Jack Lawson 217
Ch. 12 Working with African American clients : an interview with Veronique Thompson 235
Ch. 13 Working with Asian American clients : an interview with Dan Hocoy 254
Ch. 14 Working with white ethnic clients : an interview with the author 274
Ch. 15 Some closing thoughts 289
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