Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice / Edition 1

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Exploring the ways that clients' lives, and family therapy itself, are constrained by larger forces of racial, cultural, sexual, and class-b ased inequality, this groundbreaking volume expands the boundaries of the field and works toward truly inclusive clinical practice. Editor M onica McGoldrick—whose earlier Ethnicity and Family Therapy provides in-depth portraits of the family systems of more than 40 ethnic groups —here takes up vital cultural issues that cut across all ethnicities. Integrating theoretical exposition, case vignettes, and evocative aut obiographical narratives, contributors offer concrete suggestions for improving family therapy training and developing services that minorit y families may experience as more relevant to their lives.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A timely and comprehensive source, this anthology provides a cultural lens for contextualizing reality. Amassing a stellar list of contributors, the book expands our views of families and establishes therapy as a more inclusive endeavor. Re-Visioning Family Therapy is an essential resource for every practitioner working with multicultural populations." --Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, Director, Transcultural Mental Health Institute; Editor-in-chief, Cultural Diversity and Mental Health

"With her visionary energy, Monica McGoldrick brings us a rare and satisfying book that extends the meaning of family therapy, expands the consciousness of the therapist, and insists that the reader be deeply changed in some fundamental way. To pay careful attention to the compelling insights in this volume--and I suggest you do--is to take a large evolutionary leap forward." --Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of The Dance of Anger

"This book delivers more than a new vision of family therapy. The contributors give us new practices, new theories, and new theories of practice which have revolutionary implications for all psychotherapies and thus for all clients who share their lives, cultures, and problems with us. This paradigm-shifting volume documents and illuminates how culture is not only a label for the 'other,' but a coat of many colors which gives meaning, feeling, and value to all our lives, and which, once we take the measure of its profundity, will explode our common-sense notions of identity, psyche, and psychotherapy." --Virginia Goldner, PhD, Senior Faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family

Situating family therapy within its current cultural and sociological context, chapters reveal the biases that underlie prevailing conceptions of family health and pathology; influence the process and perceived goals of therapy; and impede therapists' vision both of their clients and themselves. Contributors also offer concrete suggestions for improving family therapy training and developing services that minority families may experience as more relevant to their lives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book discusses family therapy within a broad cultural context, including race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, and spirituality. The authors show how oppression impacts the family and what therapists can do in clinical practice. This updates the 1998 first edition.
Purpose: According to the editors, the goal of the book "is to transform the focus of our work beyond the interior of the family, so that we can begin to see how our clients' lives are constrained by larger societal structures and develop new ways of working based on a more contextual understanding of ourselves, our society, our history, and our clients' lives."
Audience: The audience includes practitioners and students in graduate-level courses. Dr. McGoldrick is director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Robert Wood Medical School, and Dr. Hardy is professor of family therapy at Drexel University. The contributors are affiliated with academic institutions or family institutes.
Features: This book begins with theory underlying family therapy, including specific cultural factors. Next, the authors describe their individual experiences regarding culture and race. The book continues with how racial and cultural issues impact on therapy and clinical practice in general. Finally, the authors discuss how students should be trained. Case examples make the book come alive. In the introduction, the editors discuss how family therapy has evolved through the years. There is also an interesting discussion about the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and labels in general. However, my favorite part of the book is the description of the therapists' personal experiences. These narratives are fascinating reading and include many different cultural identities. The implications for training future family therapists are very important. There is no easy way to teach European-American students about racism and white privilege. The editors provide guidelines for training programs (chapter 37). In the last chapter, Dr. Hardy encourages trainees of color to become GEMM therapists (good, effective, mainstream, minority family therapists).
Assessment: This excellent book does a nice job of showing how race, culture, and gender impact family therapy. It will open the eyes of students and give seasoned veterans food for thought, helping them consider their work given certain societal structures. Ultimately, we can conclude there are no easy answers, but the issues are presented very well here. This should be required reading for graduate students specializing in family work. This edition, a necessary update of a 10-year-old publication, adds 20 new chapters and revises and expands others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572300279
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/7/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, PhD (h.c.), is the cofounder and Director of the Family Institute of New Jersey, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Social Service. The senior editor of Ethnicity and Family Therapy, now in its second edition, she has published and spoken widely on topics including culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, grief and loss, genograms, and family relationships.
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I. Re-Visioning Family Therapy
1. Introduction: Re-Visioning Family Therapy through a Cultural Lens, McGoldrick
2. Theorizing Culture: Narrative Ideas and Practice Principles, Laird
3. The Cultural Meaning of Family Triangles, Falicov
4. Social Class as a Relationship: Implications for Family Therapy, Kliman
5. Beliefs, Spirituality, and Transcendence: Keys to Family Resilience, Walsh
6. Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain: Hope, Culture, and Therapy, Hines
II. Challenging Racism in Ideology and Training
7. Race and the Field of Family Therapy, Green
8. Training Programs: Guidelines for Multicultural Transformation, Green
9. The Dynamics of a Pro-Racist Ideology: Implications for Family Therapists, Hardy and Laszloffy
10. The Talking Oppression Blues: Including the Experience of Power/Powerlessness in the Teaching of "Cultural Sensitivity," Akamatsu
III. What It Means to Be White
11. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, McIntosh
12. Body Ritual among the Nacirema, Miner
13. Dismantling White Male Privilege within Family Therapy, Dolan-Del Vecchio
IV. Cultural Legacies
14. Black Genealogy Revisited: Restorying an African American Family, Pinderhughes
15. The Discovery of My Multicultural Identity, Colón
16. Belonging and Liberation, McGoldrick
17. Racial Unity from the Perspective of Personal Family History, Mahboubi and Searcy
18. No Longer an Orphan in History, Folwarski
V. Therapy with Different Populations
19. The Double Binds of Racism, Mahmoud
20. African American Couples in Therapy, Boyd-Franklin and Franklin
21. African American Sibling Relationships, Watson
22. Intercultural Couples, Crohn
23. Marriages of Asian Women and American Military Men, Kim
24. The Families of Lesbian Women and Gay Men, Johnson and Keren
25. Latinas in the United States, Garcia-Preto
VI. Migration
26. Clinical Reflections on Refugee Families, Mock
27. Migration and the Disruption of the Social Network, Sluzki
28. The Impact of Multiple Contexts on Recent Immigrant Families, Mirkin
VII. New Approaches to Therapy Practice
29. A Fifth Province Approach to Intracultural Issues in an Irish Context, Byrne and McCarthy
30. The Challenges of Culture to Psychology and Postmodern Thinking, Waldegrave
31. The Cultural Context Model, Almeida, Woods, Messineo, and Font
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Theoretical Perspectives

1 Introduction: Re-Visioning Family Therapy from a Multicultural Perspective Monica McGoldrick McGoldrick, Monica Kenneth V. Hardy Hardy, Kenneth V. 3

2 Transnational Journeys Celia Jaes Falicov Falicov, Celia Jaes 25

3 Migration and the Disruption of the Social Network Carlos E. Sluzki Sluzki, Carlos E. 39

4 Social Class: Implications for Family Therapy Tracey A. Laszloffy Laszloffy, Tracey A. 48

5 Spirituality, Healing, and Resilience Froma Walsh Walsh, Froma 61

6 Race, Reality, and Relationships: Implications for the Re-Visioning of Family Therapy Kenneth V. Hardy Hardy, Kenneth V. 76

7 Understanding Families in the Context of Cultural Adaptations to Oppression Vanessa McAdams-Mahmoud McAdams-Mahmoud, Vanessa 85

Pt. II Cultural Legacies and Stories: Therapists' Experiences

8 Finding a Place Called "Home" Monica McGoldrick McGoldrick, Monica 97

9 Black Genealogy Revisited: Restorying an African American Family Elaine Pinderhughes Pinderhughes, Elaine 114

10 The Discovery of My Multicultural Identity Fernando Lopez-Colon Lopez-Colon, Fernando 135

11 Our Iranian-African American Interracial Family Jayne Mahboubi Mahboubi, Jayne Nasim Mahboubi Mahboubi, Nasim 146

12 Voluntary Childlessness and Motherhood: Afterthoughts Marlene F. Watson Watson, Marlene F. 155

13 Grieving in Network and Community: Bearing Witness to the Loss of Our Son Jodie Kliman Kliman, Jodie David Trimble Trimble, David 164

14 Going Home: One Orphan's Journey from Chicago to Poland and Back John Folwarski Folwarski, John 172

15 Legacies of White Privilege Lisa Berndt Berndt, Lisa 184

16 Transforming a Racist Legacy John J.Lawless Lawless, John J. 191

17 The Semitism Schism: Jewish-Palestinian legacies in a Family Therapy Training Context Linda Stone Fish Fish, Linda Stone 197

18 My Evolving Identity from Arab to Palestinian to Muslim Nuha Abudabbeh Abudabbeh, Nuha 204

19 Biracial legitimacy: Embracing Marginality MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham Ham, MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng 213

Pt. III Racial Identity and Racism: Implications for Therapy

20 The Dynamics of a Pro-Racist Ideology: Implications for Family Therapists Kenneth V. Hardy Hardy, Kenneth V. Tracey A. Laszloffy Laszloffy, Tracey A. 225

21 White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies Peggy McIntosh McIntosh, Peggy 238

22 Dismantling White Male Privilege within Family Therapy Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio Vecchio, Ken Dolan-Del 250

23 Latinas in the United States: Bridging Two Worlds Nydia Garcia-Preto Garcia-Preto, Nydia 261

24 Therapy with Mixed-Race Families Tracey A. Laszloffy Laszloffy, Tracey A. 275

Pt. IV Implications for Clinical Practice

25 Working with LGBT Families Elijah C. Nealy Nealy, Elijah C. 289

26 Gay and Lesbian Couples: Successful Coping with Minority Stress Robert-Jay Green Green, Robert-Jay 300

27 Working with Immigrant and Refugee Families Marsha Pravder Mirkin Mirkin, Marsha Pravder Hugo Kamya Kamya, Hugo 311

28 A Fifth-Province Approach to Intracultural Issues in an Irish Context: Marginal Illuminations Imelda Colgan McCarthy McCarthy, Imelda Colgan Nollaig O'Reilly Byrne Byrne, Nollaig O'Reilly 327

29 Working with African Americans and Trauma: Lessons for Clinicians from Hurricane Katrina Nancy Boyd-Franklin Boyd-Franklin, Nancy 344

30 Once They Come: Testimony Therapy and Healing Questions for African American Couples Makungu M. Akinyela Akinyela, Makungu M. 356

31 Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain: Hope, Culture, and Therapy Paulette Moore Hines Hines, Paulette Moore 367

32 Interracial Asian Couples: Beyond Black and White Tazuko Shibusawa Shibusawa, Tazuko 378

33 Working with Families Who Are Homeless Peter Fraenkel Fraenkel, Peter Chloe Carmichael Carmichael, Chloe 389

34 Coyote Returns: A Reconciliation between History and Hope Robin LaDue LaDue, Robin 401

Pt. V Implications for Training

35 Teaching White Students about Racism and Its Implications in Practice Norma Akamatsu Akamatsu, Norma 413

36 Visioning Social Justice: Narratives of Diversity, Social Location, and Personal Compassion Matthew R. Mock Mock, Matthew R. 425

37 Re-Visioning Training Kenneth V. Hardy Hardy, Kenneth V. Monica McGoldrick McGoldrick, Monica 442

38 On Becoming a GEMM Therapist: Work Harder, Be Smarter, and Never Discuss Race Kenneth V. Hardy Hardy, Kenneth V. 461

Index 469

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