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Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process : Guilford Family Therapy Ser. - Judith Mishne

Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process

Guilford Family Therapy Ser.

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Clients in psychodynamic therapy come from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as do therapists, yet cross-cultural issues are often oversimplified or ignored in clinical practice and training. This volume helps therapists incorporate awareness of diversity into all phases of treatment, from referral and assessment to working through and termination. Using extensive case material, Judith Mishne illuminates the ways that differences in ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, class background, and age enter into both the personal identity of client and therapist and the moment-to-moment process of therapy. She offers clear guidance for understanding and navigating the intersubjective issues that arise, drawing from the literatures of multicultural therapy, self psychology, and object relations. Demonstrating how to build and sustain a strong, empathic treatment alliance--one based on openness, self-awareness, curiosity, and specific cultural knowledge--this book is a vital resource for contemporary clinicians.

Winner--Gradiva Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

'Mishne's book makes a rich contribution to our thinking about qualities of the clinical encounter with clients of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She demonstrates how increased awareness of our own culturally inflected ways of being and doing, as well as openness to those of clients, can help us meet the challenges of multicultural work. Case examples featuring a true diversity of clients will be invaluable in teaching and learning the importance of this component of clinical social work practice. The book will also be useful in psychoanalytic training programs, which now unequivocally recognize the need for attention to the sociocultural surround.' - Jean B. Sanville, MSW, PhD, The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies 'Judith Mishne's timely and well-written work will be an especially welcome addition to the emerging interdisciplinary literature on multicultural treatment... Among the book's many strengths is the author's revealing commentary on the clinical process in each case, through which a variety of important issues-such as resistance, the transference-countertransference matrix, and working through-are presented and explored. Mishne has performed a valuable service to both students and more experienced clinicians.' - Jerry Brandell, PhD, School of Social Work, Wayne State University 'This book moves forward the development of culturally responsive psychotherapy. By carefully examining the therapeutic relationship, Judith Mishne offers a lucid and powerful analysis of the role of culture in psychotherapy. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in multicultural clinical practice. It is a welcome addition for beginners as well as seasoned clinicians.' - Lillian Comas-Diaz, PhD, Transcultural Mental Health Institute, Washington, DC

Prologue: The Changing Paradigms in Clinical Practicep. 1
Overview of Cross-Cultural Treatment Considerations
Views from the 1950s to the 1990sp. 13
Conceptions of Culturally Responsive Clinical Practice for the 2000sp. 27
The Beginning Phase of the Treatment Process
Referral, Assessment, and Diagnosisp. 39
Engagement and Therapeutic Alliancep. 64
The Middle Phase of the Treatment Process
The Treatment Relationship: Transference, Countertransference, and the Real Relationshipp. 75
Resistancep. 114
Fixation, Regression, and Defensesp. 139
The End Phase of the Treatment Process
Working Throughp. 177
Terminationp. 203
Epiloguep. 237
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9781572307759
ISBN-10: 1572307757
Series: Guilford Family Therapy Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st July 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 22.9  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.51