Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists / Edition 2

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Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists is a collection of autobiographical stories that explores themes of race/ethnicity, immigration/acculturation, religion, and social class. These engaging stories allow readers to understand the significance and influence of culture on identity development, sense of self, family relationships, interpersonal relationships, and life choices. As the storytellers reveal their real life struggles, readers will enhance their understanding of intra-group differences, increase their repertoire of clinical skills, and sharpen their multicultural competency. Each chapter contains a discussion of content themes, along with clinical applications, assessment questions, techniques, and interventions, as well as personal reactions evoked from the stories.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Degges-White
"The manuscript is, indeed, very easy to read - the personal narratives really get you into the experience of the writer...The wonderful richness of the personal narrative is a grand strength, and providing Clinical Applications that address the narratives helps get the reader to think beyond just simple "difference. "...This book offers so much in the way of personal narrative and helping students to understand the lives of those who are different. This is an enriching addition to the existing multicultural textbook arena."
Ruth Chao
"Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists, by the prominent psychologists Anita Jones Thomas and Sara Schwarzbaum, is a brilliant revolution in our way of looking at culture and identity through an understanding of diverse people's diverse life stories. Reading each character's story helps us learn how distinct each individual life is and how rich and diverse our world is. It packs rich and diverse information derived from firsthand, and intimate stories. This book would surely benefit countless readers at different levels and stages, students, teachers, people who want to know about their cultural background and identity, therapists, and the list goes on."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412986687
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 375
  • Sales rank: 231,461
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anita Jones Thomas, Ph D, is a counseling psychologist with specializations in multicultural counseling and family therapy. She received a bachelor’s degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Her doctorate in counseling psychology was received from Loyola University Chicago. She is associate professor at Loyola University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in multicultural issues, family therapy, professional identity, and ethics. Her research interests include racial identity, racial socialization, and parenting issues for African Americans. She has also conducted training seminars and workshops on multicultural issues for state and national professional organizations in counseling and psychology, hospitals, and corporations and has served as a consultant for human service organizations. She has served as governor for the Illinois Counseling Association, as president of the Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling, and as corresponding secretary for the Association of Black Psychologists, Chicago chapter. She is the co-author, with Sara Schwarzbaum of Culture and Identity: Life stories for counselors and therapists, Sage, 2006.

Sara Schwarzbaum, Ed D, LCPC, is a family therapist with a specialization in working with Latinos. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her doctoral degree in counseling with an emphasis in family therapy from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a professor in the department of Counselor Education and a coordinator of the Master’s in Couple and Family Counseling Program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she teaches internship seminars, family therapy, and multicultural issues courses. Formerly, she coordinated the Latino Family Counseling Program of Lake County, Illinois, where she provided services for Latino families and trained bilingual clinicians. She is also a family therapist in private practice in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and a consultant, trainer, and presenter at state and national conferences, mental health centers, hospitals, community agencies, and universities, where she frequently conducts workshops on clinical issues with Latino clients, the multicultural competency of clinicians, psychotherapy with immigrants families, and ethnocultural countertransference as well as other topics. She is the co-author with Anita Thomas of “Culture and Identity: Life stories for counselors and therapists.” Sage (2006)

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Table of Contents

1. Framework
Human Development
Development of the Self
Contextual Dimensions of the Self
Shifting Selves
2. Julie's Story: So What if I'm a Black Woman?
Julie's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Julie
3. Butch's Story: Who Am I?
Butch's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Butch
4. Beth's Story: I Am 100% Jewish
Beth's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Beth
5. Maribel's Story: When Are You Going to Have Kids?
Maribel's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Maribel
6. Vu's Story: I Am an American
Vu's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Vu
7. Esteban's Story: Still Uprooted
Esteban's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Esteban
8. Maria Luz's Story: Here We Are Not Free
Maria Luz's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Maria Luz
9. Teresa's Story: I Didn't Want to Go to Church on Sunday
Teresa's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Teresa
10. Frank's Story: Hearing God's Voice
Frank's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Frank
11. Bob's Story: The Good Christian Son
Bob's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Bob
12. Katie's Story: Catholic and Jewish: How Can It Be?
Katie's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Katie
13. Carla's Story: One More Mile
Carla's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Carla
14. Anthony's Story: From Radical to Bohemian to Suit to Me
Anthony's Story
Content Themes
Clinical Applications
Toolbox Activity—Anthony
About the Authors

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