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Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy
     

Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy

by Debra M. Kawahara
 

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Understanding multicultural feminist perspectives is vital for clinicians working to effectively help women in therapy. Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy provides therapists with valuable insight and research into the identities of Asian and Asian American women, all toward the crucial goal of being more

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Understanding multicultural feminist perspectives is vital for clinicians working to effectively help women in therapy. Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy provides therapists with valuable insight and research into the identities of Asian and Asian American women, all toward the crucial goal of being more effective when providing therapeutic help. In-depth explorations into the women’s personal experiences and psychological issues provide an empowering multicultural feminist viewpoint that challenges assumptions and stereotypes about their identities while presenting innovative therapeutic approaches.

Identity is made up from several factors, such as worldview, beliefs, values, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, and religious orientation. Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy explores how these common factors impact psychotherapy approaches for women of Asian American backgrounds. This unique text presents the current research, what the data mean for adjusting clinical strategies, and personal accounts from Asian and Asian American women. Each chapter is extensively referenced.

Topics in Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy include:

  • breaking free of the passive, subservient stereotypes
  • defining gender identity
  • cultural and identity issues
  • emotional parity negotiations in Chinese immigrant women’s marital relationships
  • suicide as a means of agency rather than simply a cry for help
  • the use of feminist and multicultural principles with survivors of domestic violence
  • research on Asian American lesbians’ health
  • integrating multiculturalism and feminism in the treatment of eating disorders
  • innovative therapeutic approach based on Hindu understandings of Shakti
  • approaches to work on body image and eating disorders
  • group counseling with Asian American women
  • training multicultural feminist therapy practitioners
Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy is an insightful exploration of the culturally sensitive knowledge and skills clinicians need to work more effectively with female clients of Asian ancestry. This stimulating work is important reading for therapists, counselors, psychologists, and others in the mental health and social work fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135804633
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
266
File size:
2 MB

What People are Saying About This

Laura S. Brown
A REMARKABLE BOOK that is simultaneously very broad and encompassing, and very deep and rich, in its exploration of the experiences of these women. . . . WILL SHATTER STEREOTYPES AND OPEN MINDS, making it necessary reading for feminist therapists. (Laura S. Brown, PhD, ABPP, Director, Fremont Community Therapy Project)
Melba J. T. Vasquez
A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION to the ongoing development of new paradigms for understanding human variability and diversity. Psychotherapists, researchers, professors and students would all benefit from this superb discourse of Asian women in the United States. . . . The splendid collection of chapters begins with an inspiring section that challenges the stereotypes of passivity of Asian women, and describes them as strong and powerful. . . . Provides insight into the construction and development of identities of Asian women, including some of the varying experiences of Asian women in addressing conflicts and challenges in their identity development. Two sections that identify unique clinical issues and therapeutic approaches are wonderfully insightful for all therapists, supervisors and students. . . . A POWERHOUSE OF RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR PRACTICE with Asian women not found elsewhere. . . . ESPECIALLY VALUABLE FOR THOSE WHO TEACH OR PROVIDE TRAINING in the development of cultural awareness, knowledge and skills to work with diverse populations. . . . AN IMPORTANT, MUST-READ BOOK for all professionals who wish to keep up with today's diverse client populations. (Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, Independent Practice, Former President of APA Divisions 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and of the Texas Psychological Association)
Stanley Sue
PIONEERING AND INSIGHTFUL. . . . A MILESTONE in our understanding and appreciation of Asian American women within the complex interplay of society, culture, family, and race. (Stanley Sue, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis)
Reiko Homma `True
A GREAT SOURCE BOOK for clinicians working with Asian American women! It offers truly wide ranging topics on Asian American women, often not included in psychology literature, e.g. lesbians, suicides, domestic violence, eating disorder, warrior models, leaders, in addition to the often-discussed dilemma between self-actualization vs. family loyalty, and self sacrifice. . . . Not only informative for non-Asian American clinicians, but to Asian American women therapists as well, to deepen their understanding and enhance their skills. I particularly found the last chapter on training to be exciting as a promising approach to expand the availability of culturally sensitive clinicians, who can help Asian American women. (Reiko Homma True, PhD, Program Director, CSPP Japan Clinical MA Program, Alliant International University)

Meet the Author

Debra M. Kawahara, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. Her research and professional interests include multicultural and feminist psychology, Asian American mental health, women and leadership, and multicultural competencies in clinical/counseling practice. Dr. Kawahara has numerous publications, focusing on the integration of multicultural and feminist principles in psychotherapy. She has also been an active member and officer for several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

Oliva M. Espin, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. In her longstanding work as a psychotherapist, teacher, and consultant, Dr. Espin has emphasized work with women. She was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds, particularly US-born Latinas and immigrant/refugee women. She has done extensive research, teaching, and training on diversity issues in psychology. She has also served on several boards and committees of the American Psychological Association and other professional organizations

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