A Multicultural/Multimodal/Multisystems Approach to Working with Culturally Different Families

A Multicultural/Multimodal/Multisystems Approach to Working with Culturally Different Families

by Sharon-Ann Gopaul-Mcnicol


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A Multicultural/Multimodal/Multisystems Approach to Working with Culturally Different Families by Sharon-Ann Gopaul-Mcnicol

With the growing interest in the great number of culturally, linguistically, and ethnically different families entering the United States, it is essential for researchers and mental health practitioners to acquire a working knowledge that can aid in a healthier adjustment of these families. Although it is impossible for any therapist to understand the traditions, values, and languages of all immigrant groups, a therapist may be guided by a conceptual operational principle that can be implemented across diverse groups and circumstances. Dr. Gopaul-McNicol introduces a model for assessment; the techniques and strategies proposed by this model range from cognitive behavioral interventions to multimodal and multisystems approaches to treatment.

The book covers historical and contemporary perspectives of the influence of culture on an individual's functioning. Assessment issues include intellectual, educational and visual motor assessment and its applicability with culturally diverse clients. The author also highlights ways of misassessing the personality of culturally different individuals and examines the major treatment approaches in counseling the culturally different.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275955601
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/25/1997
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.41(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

SHARON-ANN GOPAUL-McNICOL is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Howard University. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies, she is an international expert in multicultural assessment. Over the past ten years, Dr. Gopaul-McNicol assessed at least 2,400 students in New York, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, London, and several countries from the English, Spanish, and French speaking Caribbean. The author of three cross-cultural books and several journal articles, Dr. Gopaul-McNicol has given presentations throughout the world both on electronic media and various international conferences.

Table of Contents


Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Influence of Culture in Psychology and Other Mental Health Areas

Historical Perspectives on Multiculturalism

The Need to Explore Alternative Approaches to Assessment and Treatment—An Ethical Mandate

Current Major Approaches in Assessing Culturally Different Families

A Multicultural/Multisystems Approach to Intellectual Assessment: A Bio-Ecological Model

A Multimodal/Multisystems Approach to Visual, Motor, and Educational Assessment

A Multicultural/Multimodal Multisystems Approach to Personality Assessment

Best Practices in Report Writing for Linguistically/Culturally Different Children: A Bio-Ecological Psychological Report—A Multisystems Approach

Treatment Issues for the Culturally Different

Issues in Counseling Immigrant Families That Can Affect the Treatment Process

Current Major Approaches in Counseling the Culturally Different Families

Multicultural/Multimodal/Multisystems Approach to Working with Immigrant Families: A New Paradigm

Case Samples with the MULTI-CMS Approach

Training Implications

A Theoretical Framework for Training Therapists to Use the MULTI-CMS Model: An Exploration of the Major Competencies

Implications for Future Research and Clinical Work: A Vision for the Mental Health Field



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