Don't let hidden cultural expectations sabotage your therapeutic relationships! Integrating Gender and Culture in Family Therapy Training offers positive strategies for teaching your students to understand the ways in which cultural expectations affect individuals, society, the therapeutic relationship, and even the relationship between supervisor and trainee. Integrating Gender and Culture in Family Therapy Training explores the ways you and your students can become more effective by bringing your unspoken assumptions into the light. It presents empirical research and personal experiences dealing with multicultural and gender issues in therapy and therapist training programs. In addition, it offers dialogues with some of the founders of feminist family therapy, cultural studies, and a hilarious spoof of pop-psychology approaches to gender issues. Integrating Gender and Culture in Family Therapy Training offers practical strategies for: working with families in poverty cross-cultural interactions in the supervisor/trainee relationship integrating gender and culture into coursework, supervision, research, service, and clinical environments teaching and modeling multicultural awareness dealing with the inevitable conflicts, misperceptions, and misunderstandings that arise because of clashing cultural expectations This book takes a searching view of the dynamics and implications of power, gender, class, and culture, including such tough issues as: the moral issues of feminist therapy using the excuse of cultural tradition to mask abuses therapists’hidden gender assumptions ways feminist family therapy speaks--or fails to speak--to women of color, minority women, and women in poverty Including case studies, figures, tables, and humor, Integrating Gender and Culture in Family Therapy Training will enhance your effectiveness as a supervisor or therapist and inspire you to rethink your own cultural assumptions.
Show parents how to help their children break free of the artificial limitations placed upon them by society's gender and cultural expectations! This book presents both theoretical and practical ideas for integrating gender and culture into parenting. Unlike other books on the subject, this one examines interventions and activities, and suggests discussion topics that provide children with the skills to become critical consumers and thinkers. You'll learn to help children discover and celebrate who they are, while infusing the message that they should notice and challenge exaggerated stereotypes of gender and ethnicity. From the editor: “If therapists can coach parents in helping to inoculate their children, beginning at early ages, against the negative effects of gender socialization, perhaps the work of developing equal relationships in their friendships and intimate relationships will be less taxing as they grow and mature. Additionally, as children are taught to challenge rigid gender and ethnicity messages, perhaps they will feel a greater sense of flexibility as they dream about who they want to become and how they want to live their lives.” This essential book will teach you to help children defeat the harmful media messages they're bombarded by. Integrating Gender and Culture in Parenting: presents 20 simple ideas and 5 group activities to teach children about social justice in our everyday lives explores parental socialization practices and the values transmitted to school-aged and young adult offspring, focusing on the way parents' teaching styles integrate race and gender investigates the parenting practices of middle-class, dual-earner couples who feel that they are successfully balancing family and work—with a look at the specific strategies these couples use to achieve an appropriate balance shows what family therapists should know about sexuality education, and highlights the specific roles that feminist family therapists can play with parents, children, and adolescents to help children be more sexually responsible and less likely to put themselves in sexually risky situations examines the gender messages found in 63 articles from the top three selling parenting magazines in the United States In addition, you'll find two revealing and insightful chapters in which interviewer Lori Lund discusses the cultural scripting that American boys and girls are subjected to, with: Jackson Katz—one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists and the creator/director of the United States Marine Corps Gender Violence Prevention Program, and Mary Pipher—respected sociologist, educator, and bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls and Hunger Pains
Address the issues vital for women and their families To be most effective, family therapists need to understand precisely what policies are in place and how they influence families and their relationships. The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy provides an interdisciplinary look at family public and social policies and the influence they have on families around the globe—all from a feminist perspective. Diverse international family policy experts discuss policies family therapists need to know covering gender, ethnicity, religion, and age, and the effects on women and their families. As international family public policy shifts and changes, women and their families’ lives are altered in substantial and very personal ways. The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy gives therapists a clear view of policies and diverse issues involving family policy, family relationships, and mental health. The book reveals the interaction between policy and practice, interdependence as a principle of child and family policy, ways to increase women’s labor force participation without causing a fall in birth rates, and intergenerational equity debates around the world. Qualitative studies are presented detailing women’s experiences of family policies’ effects on their lives, including their resiliency in times of disruption and their viewpoints on life-altering events that are used to disempower them. Topics in The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy include: the interaction of British social policy with feminist practice supportive rather than punitive interventions in the lives of families an examination of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Babies and Bosses report evaluation of international family policies of elder care research into women’s roles and the way they are shaped in areas of conflict research on Puerto Rican and Dominican women’s perceptions of divorce The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy is timely, stimulating reading for psychotherapists, family therapists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, feminists/womanists, sociologists, educators and students in family studies, women’s studies, gender studies, and war studies, and professionals in family policy and family law.
"Counseling Hispanics through Loss, Grief, and Bereavement is an extremely timely and welcome addition to the literature in thanatology. Counselors will find in it the tools, knowledge, and insights to respond to a growing and diverse Hispanic community as individuals cope with loss and grief." From the Foreword by Kenneth J. Doka, PhD Professor, The College of New Rochelle Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America Hispanics, the fastest growing minority population in the United States, are increasingly willing to seek mental health counseling, creating a critical need for counselors to understand the values and traditions of Hispanic culture. This book examines these values and traditions and their impact on the ways in which this population copes with loss, grief, and bereavement across the life span. The book addresses the unique losses that may be faced by Hispanics, particularly newcomers who must adapt to a different language and unfamiliar customs. It focuses on such important cultural considerations as styles of verbal and nonverbal communication, personal space, social organization, environmental control factors, and the significance of gender. Competency-based models and Latino-specific counseling frameworks are integrated into the text, along with the historical and political context from which they arise. Numerous practical recommendations for improving quality of care are provided, with specific attention given to the great diversity of cultures within the Hispanic population, and the need for counselors to take these variations into consideration. Key Features: Facilitates understanding of Hispanic values and traditions to promote more sensitive and effective treatment Provides exercises to help therapists evaluate their own knowledge and awareness of particular Hispanic cultures Addresses factors that may impede a successful therapeutic relationship Presents specific techniques for building trust with Hispanic clients Includes illustrative case studies throughout the text
This book examines marriage and family therapy as a moral paradigm. The author begins with an account of the wider social contexts in which therapy must work-within a social structure that is filled with prejudice and injustice. Lageman demonstrates that marriage and family therapists have responsibilities not only to their clients, but also to their society.
Learn the fundamentals of family therapy and treatment! An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy presents insight and analysis from 20 of the foremost experts in the theoretical and practice areas of family therapy, offering a unique blend of approaches and styles. Chapters draw on each author's area of expertise in exploring the history of family therapy and the application of systems theory to families. Ideal as a comprehensive resource for entry-level students, the book also gives undergraduates a glimpse of graduate training and provides useful tips on how to apply to graduate school and what to expect while shopping for graduate education. An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy is divided into two parts: a theoretical section, where commonly used theories are presented with practical case examples, and a section devoted to special issues and topics, such as couples therapy, communication training, marital enrichment and premarital counseling. The book also covers substance abuse, divorce, gender and culture, family violence, sexual dysfunctions and sex therapy treatment, and the interface of ethics and the legal system. An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy also discusses: the history of family therapy systems theory and cybernetics structural and strategic family therapy cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and transgenerational therapies collaborative language-based models current research findings and much more! With its unique and comprehensive approach, An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy serves as a theoretical introduction to the field of marriage and therapy and related mental health disciplines where family treatment is emphasized. The book is essential for educators in marriage and family counseling classes and is an invaluable resource for therapists, counselors, social work professionals, pastoral educators, and family psychologists.
Although feminist family therapy has been gaining recognition and followers in recent years, little is known about the variety of experiences, philosophies, and private learnings of feminist practitioners. Reflections on Feminist Family Therapy Training utilizes first-person accounts, theory, and commentary to explore the challenges feminist teachers and practitioners face and the aspects of their practice that are seldom considered. Readers of Reflections on Feminist Family Therapy Training acquire effective teaching strategies and a sensitivity to the intersection of cultural diversity and feminism. Students are introduced to several contextual factors that shape personal and professional experiences, as well as techniques that address predictable patterns of behavior and attitudes toward feminist family therapy in a variety of settings. The book presents innovative ideas and strategies from experienced trainers for tolerating, working with, and resolving gaps between theory and practice and for confronting hostility or tension within specific institutional contexts. Aimed at building bridges between teachers and practitioners of family therapy from a feminist perspective, Reflections on Feminist Family Therapy Training explores and helps you answer the following questions: What similarities and differences exist between American and European feminist family therapists? What special challenges does the feminist therapist face in a conventional training institute? Does a feminist or liberal context attend adequately to the needs of the multicultural student body? How does a trainer’s national standing or tenure status promote or harm her freedom to practice openly in a specifically feminist way? What new directions and opportunities exist for feminist family therapists? Reflections on Feminist Family Therapy Training looks at the difficulties women practitioners face in convincing family therapy to recognize the significance of gender as a variable factor. In doing so, it offers specific classroom applications and general approaches to the feminist task of getting unheard and repressed voices acknowledged. Finally, the book outlines future directions for expanding and improving feminist-informed training and for giving it a more central and integrated position in the curricula.