Latino Families in Therapy, First Edition: A Guide to Multicultural Practice / Edition 1

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Presenting an accessible and original framework for thinking about multiculturalism in therapy, this comprehensive volume provides valuable insights and strategies for therapists working with Latino families. Practitioners and students gain awareness of specific clinical issues, family dynamics, and sociopolitical realities that are frequently shared by Latino clients, while at the same time learning to avoid stereotypical assessments that rob families of their individual histories and choices. Filled with evocative case illustrations and clinical pointers, the book represents an important contribution to culturally sensitive psychotherapy practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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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


"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
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: 9781572305939
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: The Guilford Family Therapy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She also teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of San Diego, has a private clinical practice, and conducts supervision groups. Dr. Falicov 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. She is the current President of the American Family Therapy Academy.
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Table of Contents

I. Overview
1. Introduction
2. MECA: A Meeting Place for Culture and Therapy
II. The Latino Experience: Movement and Change
3. Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans: An Overview
4. Journeys of Migration: Opportunity and Continuity
5. Journeys of Adaptation: Options for Change
III. The Crossroads of Inner and Outer Worlds: Ecological Contexts
6. The Impact of Racism and Discrimination
7. The Challenge of School and Work
8. Belief Systems: Religion and Health
IV. Latino Family Bonds
9. Family Organization: The Safety Net of Close and Extended Kin
10. The World of Couples: Reality and Myth
V. The Latino Family Life Cycle
11. Childhood and Adolescence
12. Adulthood across the Lifespan
VI. Conclusion
13. Current Trends and Future Directions in Multiculturalism
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