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Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency: A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency: A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice

by Akihiko Masuda PhD

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In recent years, mindfulness and acceptances-based therapies have gained immense popularity in the field of behavioral health. And as these therapeutic models have proliferated, their teachings and practices have been introduced to a wide range of diverse applications.

Cognitive behavioral approaches often rely on a client’s values as a catalyst for treatment. But because values are often culturally biased, it can be difficult to apply the same techniques to clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. That’s why multicultural competency training for mental health professionals is so important. Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency presents a contextual approach to sociocultural diversity in both theory and practice.

In this book, author Akihiko Masuda examines the cultural competency and cultural adaptation of three major therapeutic models based in mindfulness and acceptance: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Readers will learn how to translate these treatment models to other language communities, and how to tailor therapeutic approaches to address a number of cultural factors, including religion and spirituality, social stigma, and prejudice.

Written for professionals, students, and practitioners, this book offers solid data and research that shows how innovations in acceptance and mindfulness therapies can be directed for the health and wellness of all people, no matter their race, creed, or cultural background. The book includes contributions by Lynn McFarr, PhD, Holly Hazlett-Stevens, PhD, Michael P. Twohig, PhD, Jason Lillis, PhD, Michael Levin, MA, and Jason Luoma, PhD.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series

As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608827480
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Editor Akihiko Masuda, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Georgia State University. He was born and raised in Nagano, Japan, and moved to the United States for his psychology career. His primary areas of interest include acceptance- and mindfulness-based behavioral therapies, diversity psychology, and Zen Buddhism. He is the author of over seventy peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Table of Contents

Introduction Akihiko Masuda 1

Part I Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Accounts of Culture and Diversity

1 Addressing Cultural and Ethnic Minority Issues in the Acceptance and Mindfulness Movement Janice Ka Yan Cheng Stanley Sue 21

2 Psychotherapy in Cultural Context: An Overview Akihiko Masuda 39

3 Supporting Multicultural Competence within Acceptance-Based Treatments: Chess Pieces in Context Page L. Anderson Kelly M. Lewis Suzanne Johnson Jessica R. Morgan 57

Part II Cultural Adaptation of Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Methods

4 Cultural Considerations in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Lynn McFarr Lizbeth Gaona Nick Barr Ulises Ramirez Suhadee Henriquez Aurora Farias Deborah Flores 75

5 Cultural Competency and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression Eddie Erazo Holly Hazlett-Stevens 93

6 Cultural Competency and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Rebecca M. Pasillas Paul L. Foster Akihiko Masuda 109

Part III Application of Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Diversity Issues

7 Functional Adaptation of Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Therapies: An Ethical Imperative Claudia Drossel Claudia McCausland Norbert Schneider Roberto Cattivelli 129

8 Promoting the Multicultural Competency of Psychological Professionals through Acceptance- and Mindfulness-Based Methods Michael P. Twohig Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez Angela M. Enno 147

9 Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Spirituality Amy R. Murrell Jonathan E. Schmalz Aditi Sinha 165

10 Acceptance and Mindfulness for Undermining Prejudice Jason Lillis Michael Levin 181

11 Acceptance and Mindfulness for Undermining Stigma Jason B. Luoma 197

12 Acceptance- and Compassion-Based Approaches for Invisible Minorities: Working with Shame among Sexual Minorities Matthew D. Skinta 213

Index 233


Masuda lives in Atlanta, GA

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