Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 10, 2012 - Psychology - 648 pages
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The most frequently cited, widely used, and critically acclaimed text on multicultural counseling

In addition to significant revisions and updates reflecting changes in the field, Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, Sixth Edition features new chapters on:

  • Multicultural counseling competence for minority mental health professionals
  • Multicultural evidence-based practice
  • Culturally competent assessment
  • Poverty and counseling

Filled with numerous examples, authentic vignettes, and practical case studies, Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Sixth Edition remains the best source of real-world multicultural counseling preparation for students and an influential guide for professionals.

"This edition adds the latest hot-button issues in the multicultural world .... Everything you ever wanted to know about multicultural counseling is included in this edition. It continues to be the standard for any mental health professional treating persons from racial/ethnic minority populations .... It is authoritative, illuminating, and clinically compelling."
—Melba Vasquez, PhD, ABPP, Past President, of the American Psychological Association; independent practice, Austin, Texas

"Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Sixth Edition is a phenomenal piece of work that is comprehensive in scope, penetrating in its insights, and pragmatic in the way it teaches the reader how to navigate the pathways of culture."
—Thomas A. Parham, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, University of California, Irvine Distinguished Psychologist, Association of Black Psychologists

"Counseling the Culturally Diverse continues its tradition of defining the field and charting a proactive course for training a new decade of counselors and therapists for culturally competent practice in our increasingly culturally diverse and globally interconnected society. If only one book was to be read in an entire master's or doctoral program in counseling or psychology, it should be Counseling the Culturally Diverse."
—Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD, Professor, Fordham University, and practicing multicultural psychologist


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The title is both theory and practice but it is relatively thin on theory. While many prospective students of Counseling might see this as a benefit, less theoretical work means there is less foundation for current practice to develop as a professional body of knowledge.
I would nominate William Cross, Jr. and his theory of Black Identity Development as the most important theory discussed in this text as it is the most productive one introduced. It is clear from the text this is the model from which many more develop and it also demonstrates within the text how this theoretical work has been debated and revised over time.
The chapters tied specifically to different populations of clients within the U.S. have a repetitiveness that becomes predictable and are short in break through insights.
The examples provided for introducing new chapters often are about worthwhile issues but the views that challenge those of the authors are typically straw figures.
This is one of the more common texts in this field of Counseling. It is more than a little worrying, given all rapid development of challenges along these lines, the text feels as though it is largely coasting on past insights. There is little in the way of openings as to where the best next steps in moving forward might be. It is more cu de sac than a bridge in that respect.
We need a next generation of skilled, determined and technically proficient set of leaders for this important corner of the profession.
Paul Ongtooguk 2015

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This book is informative. I am a minority and I found it rather refreshing. The theories presented in the book are not very elaborate, but they do give you much food for thought. i thought my class would be boring but I am finding the book extremely useful and helpful in addressing many issues I grew up with that I have never heard explicitly stated. The book will make you uncomfortable, but it is provides a good way to get outside of your comfort zone.  


The Multiple Dimensions
The Superordinate Nature of Multicultural Counseling
Multicultural Counseling Competence for Minority Group
The Politics of Counseling and Psychotherapy Social
Systemic Oppression Trust Mistrust Credibility
Microaggressions in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Barriers to Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
Counseling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Counseling Latinos
Counseling Individuals of Multiracial Descent
Counseling and Special Circumstances
Counseling Jewish Americans
Counseling Immigrants and Refugees
Counseling LGBT Individuals
Characteristics and Strengths

Culturally Appropriate Intervention Strategies
NonWestern Indigenous Methods of Healing
RacialCultural Identity Development in People of Color
White Racial Identity Development Therapeutic
Multicultural Counseling and Specific
Counseling and Therapy with
Counseling American Indians and Alaska Natives
Counseling Women
Counseling and Poverty
Counseling Persons With Disabilities
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2012)

DERALD WING SUE, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also holds a joint appointment with the School of Social Work. He is one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States.

DAVID SUE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and an associate at the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

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