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Culturally Alert Counseling

This is a comprehensive, readable introduction to the cultural dimensions of counseling and psychotherapy is now available. National leaders in each topic have been selected to provide an accessible, yet thorough, presentation of culturally alert counseling. An introduction to the nature of counseling and culture begins the book, followed by chapters on Social Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity. The succeeding chapters reveal the characteristics, histories, mental health issues, and appropriate counseling strategies for each of eleven cultural groupings. The book ends with a thorough presentation of actual culturally alert counseling practice, Seven dimensions combine to make the book unique, namely thoroughness, inclusiveness, theoretical foundations, practicality, readability, activity, and modeling. In the first case, this book broadens the discussion of culture from ethnicity and race to include social class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Of particular note, in the area of ethnicity, all five of the major U.S. pan-ethnic groupings are presented, as well as Middle Eastern and South Asian people. The book is also inclusive of all people, including both those in dominant and non-dominant cultural groups. The assumption is that everyone has culture. Culturally alert counseling is also theoretically grounded in the first few chapters of the book, which lay out a guiding developmental vision of culturally alert counseling. Further conceptual foundations are laid in discussions of social inequality, social justice, social diversity, and critical consciousness. The practical dimension of the book is underscored by the inclusion of a chapter devoted to actual culturally alert counseling skills, an area that is needed by practitioners in this important work. Readability and interest are enhanced by the interweaving of case vignettes and experiential activities throughout the book. Finally, culturally alert counseling skills are modeled in an accessible, vital demonstration video that accompanies the book. Ultimately, readers will leave informed, moved, and changed by the encounters with culture that lie in these pages. They will also be ready to begin practice equipped with both a vision of the work and practical skills in implementing it.
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Preface Part I. Introduction What Is Culturally Alert Counseling? - Garrett McAuliffe Social Inequality and Social Justuce - Garrett McAuliffe, Mona Danner, Tim Grothaus, Lynn Dole Ethnicity - Garrett McAuliffe, Bryan S. K. Kim, Yong S. Park Race - Garrett McAuliffe, Edwin Gomez, Tim Grothaus Part II. Major Ethnic Groupings African Americans - Kathy M. Evans, Rebecca George East and Southeast Asian Americans - Bryan S. K. Kim, Yong S. Park Native Americans - Michael Tlanusta Garrett European Americans - Lee J. Richmond, Mary H. Guindon Middle Eastern Americans - Julie Hakim-Larson, Sylvia Nassar-McMillan Latino/Latina Americans - Edward A. Delgado-Romero, Nallely Galvan, Melissa R. Hunter, Vasti Torres South Asian Americans - Daya Singh Sandhu, Jayamala Madathil Part III. Social Groups Social Class - Patricia Goodspeed Grant, Karen L. Mackie Gender - Kelly L. Wester, Heather C. Trepal Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Clients - Dawn M. Szymanski Religion and Spirituality - Karen Eriksen, Shelley A. Jackson, Chet Weld Part IV. Implications for Practice The Practice of Culturally Alert Counseling - Garrett McAuliffe,Tim Grothaus, David Pare, Ali Wininger Appendix A. Multicultural Counseling Competencies Appendix B. Advocacy Competencies Index About the Editor About the Contributors

About the Author

Garrett J. McAuliffe is University Professor of Counselor Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his doctorate in counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his master's degree from the University of Albany, and his bachelor's degree in literature from Queens College in New York City. McAuliffe's work focuses on culture, constructivism, counselor education, and career, and he has written or co-written six books on topics ranging from working with troubled youth to culturally alert counseling. He has created models for cultural de-centering and health-oriented client assessment. He spent thirteen years as a community college and university counselor, and prior to that, he served as a public school teacher in New York.


"I have just started using your textbook, Culturally Alert Counseling by McAuliffe and Assoc., but so far I am very impressed. It is so concise and detailed. The activities just add to the classroom experience for the students. The resources are phenomenal. I am really going to enjoy using this text this semester. It has made this class new, fresh, and exciting for me as the instructor. I waded through probably 50 textbooks trying to find one that even came close to what I was looking for. I didn't realize that I had found such a great text." -Lea Ann Garcia, M.Ed., University of Central Oklahoma -- Lea Ann Garcia 20080117 "As a counselor educator, I am constantly searching for textbooks and other reading materials that are not only informative, but also interesting and highly readable. Culturally Alert Counseling: A Comprehensive Introduction incorporates all these qualities. Culturally Alert Counseling is a well-organized, thoughtful presentation of multicultural counseling. The authors effectively encourage readers to examine the complex nature of culture and how it impacts all stages of the counseling process." -Kristin L. Barnes, COUNSELING TODAY -- Kristin L. Barnes Counseling Today - March 2008 20080321

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