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Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists



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Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists by Anita Jones Thomas
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Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists is a collection of autobiographical stories that explores themes of race//ethnicity, immigration//acculturation, religion, and social class. These engaging stories allow readers to understand the significance and influence of culture on identity development, sense of self, family relationships, interpersonal relationships, and life choices. As each storyteller reveals their real life struggles, readers will enhance their understanding of intra-group differences, increase their repertoire of clinical skills, and sharpen their multicultural competency. Each chapter contains a discussion of content themes, along with clinical applications, assessment questions, techniques, and interventions, as well as personal reactions evoked from the stories. The book: "offers autobiographical stories that help readers enhance their own clinical skills since the stories depict real clinical situations "includes theoretical content descriptions for each story to provide clinicians with a comprehensive array of themes they are likely to encounter in their clients' histories "contains a clinical applications section within each chapter that gives readers practical ideas they can apply to clients with similar stories "includes a valuable countertransference section that provides clinicians with personal reaction scenarios when working with clients that have issues similar to those presented in each story "comprises of chapters that can be read independently making it an easy fit for both classroom assignments and readers' preferences. Culture and Identity is a unique, easy-to-read book that demonstrates how cultural factors influence identity and life choices. It is an excellent textbook for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on multicultural counseling focusing on diversity in the fields of Psychology, Counseling, Family Therapy, Social Work, and Human Services. The book is a valuable resource for clinicians looking to further their understanding of cultural factors in clinical work and will also be of interest to any professional in the mental health field who works with a diverse client population.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Framework Human Development Development of the Self Contextual Dimensions of the Self Shifting Selves SECTION I: RACE/ETHNICITY 2. Julie's Story: So What if I'm a Black Woman? Julie's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Julie 3. Butch's Story: Who Am I? Butch's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Butch 4. Beth's Story: I Am 100% Jewish Beth's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Beth 5. Maribel's Story: When Are You Going to Have Kids? Maribel's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Maribel SECTION II: IMMIGRATION/ACCULTURATION 6. Vu's Story: I Am an American Vu's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Vu 7. Esteban's Story: Still Uprooted Esteban's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Esteban 8. Maria Luz's Story: Here We Are Not Free Maria Luz's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Maria Luz 9. Teresa's Story: I Didn't Want to Go to Church on Sunday Teresa's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Teresa SECTION III: RELIGION 10. Frank's Story: Hearing God's Voice Frank's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Frank 11. Bob's Story: The Good Christian Son Bob's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Bob 12. Katie's Story: Catholic and Jewish: How Can It Be? Katie's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Katie SECTION IV: SOCIAL CLASS 13. Carla's Story: One More Mile Carla's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Countertransference Toolbox Activity--Carla 14. Anthony's Story: From Radical to Bohemian to Suit to Me Anthony's Story Content Themes Clinical Applications Toolbox Activity--Anthony Appendix References Index About the Authors

Author Biography

Anita Jones Thomas, PhD, is a counseling psychologist with specializations in multicultural counseling and family therapy. She received a bachelor's degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University and a master's degree in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Her doctorate in counseling psychology was received from Loyola University Chicago. She is associate professor at Loyola University in Chicago, where she teaches courses in multicultural issues, family therapy, professional identity, and ethics. Her research interests include racial identity, racial socialization, and parenting issues for African Americans. She has also conducted training seminars and workshops on multicultural issues for state and national professional organizations in counseling and psychology, hospitals, and corporations and has served as a consultant for human service organizations. She has served as governor for the Illinois Counseling Association, as president of the Illinois Association for Couples and Family Counseling, and as corresponding secretary for the Association of Black Psychologists, Chicago chapter. She is the co-author, with Sara Schwarzbaum of Culture and Identity: Life stories for counselors and therapists, Sage, 2006. Sara Schwarzbaum, EdD, LCPC, is a family therapist with a specialization in working with Latinos. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her doctoral degree in counseling with an emphasis in family therapy from Northern Illinois University. She is currently a professor in the department of Counselor Education and a coordinator of the Master's in Couple and Family Counseling Program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she teaches internship seminars, family therapy, and multicultural issues courses. Formerly, she coordinated the Latino Family Counseling Program of Lake County, Illinois, where she provided services for Latino families and trained bilingual clinicians. She is also a family therapist in private practice in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and a consultant, trainer, and presenter at state and national conferences, mental health centers, hospitals, community agencies, and universities, where she frequently conducts workshops on clinical issues with Latino clients, the multicultural competency of clinicians, psychotherapy with immigrants families, and ethnocultural countertransference as well as other topics. She is the co-author with Anita Thomas of "Culture and Identity: Life stories for counselors and therapists." Sage (2006)
Release date NZ
August 12th, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
New edition
SAGE Publications Inc
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