Latino Families in Therapy, First Edition: A Guide to Multicultural Practice

Latino Families in Therapy, First Edition: A Guide to Multicultural Practice

by Celia Jaes Falicov
     
 


This book represents an important contribution to the literature on multiculturalism and psychology and provides valuable tools and insights for working with Latino families. Employing an accessible and original multidimensional approach, Falicov presents effective clinical strategies for addressing issues that frequently confront Latino families--including…  See more details below

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This book represents an important contribution to the literature on multiculturalism and psychology and provides valuable tools and insights for working with Latino families. Employing an accessible and original multidimensional approach, Falicov presents effective clinical strategies for addressing issues that frequently confront Latino families--including different migration histories, experiences of racial discrimination, and dilemmas that can result from adapting to a new cultural setting. Through in-depth case illustrations, the author demonstrates that Latinos in the United States are a heterogeneous population from many countries, with a diverse array of belief systems and socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet, some widely shared concerns and traditions are discernible. Readers will learn how to become more sensitive to cultural differences without falling prey to stereotypical assessments that rob clients of their individual histories and choices.

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"Innumerable families, particularly those from poor and working-class backgrounds, encounter therapists whose repertoires of explanatory hypotheses do not effectively take multicultural considerations into account. The result is widespread therapeutic failure. This book will help bring about necessary change. Packed with illuminating case examples, it offers a practical theory of pluralistic therapy that is applicable well beyond the treatment of Latino families alone. Falicov has made a unique and significant contribution to the education of all mental health and healthcare providers and students." --Braulio Montalvo, MA, School of Social Work, Highlands University

"Latino Families in Therapy sets a new standard for books about culture and therapy. This book is not only richly informative about Latino cultures; it also teaches us how to look at culture in therapy with a new level of sophistication. I cannot recommend it highly enough." --Harry J. Aponte, MSW, author of Bread and Spirit

"Bravo! Celia Jaes Falicov has written the definitive treatise about Latinos in therapy. Weaving her clients' stories with her own, she has created a healing tapestry. A superbly comprehensive book, Latino Families in Therapy moves beyond ethnic stereotypes by offering a comparative, multidimensional model of culture. I strongly recommend this volume to all clinicians and to anyone interested in Latinos." --Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, Executive Director, Transcultural Mental Health Institute

Choice

"Although Falicov...gears her book to those interested in Latino families, its message is critical to any student, researcher, or professional who studies or encounters people from another culture. The author provides a 'cultural generalist' framework to assist the therapist and client, the professor and student, or the scientist and the research participant to assess their cultural similarities and differences."--Choice
Family Medicine

"Informative, easy to read, and not overloaded with academic jargon....A must for any student, resident, or attending physician who works with the Latino community."--Family Medicine
Journal of Systemic Therapies

"This book provides an encompassing template to work with Latino families and families in transition--cultural and otherwise....Packed with useful ideas that clinical practitioners can apply in their daily work."--Journal of Systemic Therapies
Booknews
Falicov (psychiatry, U. of California) presents her multidimensional ecosystemic comparative approach for therapists working with Latino families. After exploring the different migration experiences of the various groups, she then examines the effects of racism and discrimination, the role of religion and folk beliefs in family life, cross-cultural dilemmas, and the ever-changing forms of the Latino family itself. With a focus on issues that may arise in therapy, she covers topics including extended family and intergenerational hierarchies, how beliefs about gender affect couple relationships, childrearing attitudes and expectations, adolescent rites of passage, and the role of the elderly in Latino communities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572303645
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Guilford Family Therapy Series
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author


Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California. Dr. Falicov also teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego. She has a private clinical practice and conducts supervision groups. She is the author of numerous publications on cultural perspectives in family therapy and on the process of change during family transitions, and is the editor of Family Transitions: Continuity and Change over the Life Cycle. Among many organizational affiliations, Dr. Falicov is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the journal Family Process and Advisory Editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and has served on the Executive Board of the American Family Therapy Academy. Recipient of Significant and Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Awards. President-Elect of Family Therapy Academy.

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