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Culturally Adaptive Counseling Skills

Culturally Adaptive Counseling Skills
Demonstrations of Evidence-Based Practices

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January 2011 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A key supplement for courses on multicultural counseling, this book is a practical volume that will help faculty and students see demonstrations of multicultural counseling in practice. The text covers evidence-based practices for working with five major ethnic groups, while weaving in other factors such as gender, disability, sexuality, and more. Each chapter has two case studies by an invited expert who also provides commentary and lessons drawing upon each case.

J. Manuel Casas
1. Introduction and Overview
Part I - African Centered Applications of the SISM
Thomas A. Parham
2. Delivering Culturally Competent Therapeutic Services to African American Clients
Cheryl Tawede Grills
3. Case Illustration: Reflections on the Culturally Adaptive Model of Counseling for Persons of African Descent
Anderson J. Franklin
4. Case Illustration: Exploring African American Case with the AA-SISM
Part II - Sociocultural Specific Therapeutic Skills for Latina/os: Expanding Our Evidence-Based Practice Perspectives
Miguel E. Gallardo
5. Therapists as Cultural Architects and Systemic Advocates
I. David Acevedo-Polakovich, PhD & Cheryl Gering, MA
6. Case Illustration: Evidence-based Practice with Latina/o Adolescents and Families
Susana O. Salgado
7. Case Illustration: Implementation and Application of Latina/o Values in Practice
Part III - Culturally Adapted Counseling Skills for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Christine J. Yeh
8. Working with Asian American and Pacific Islander Clients
Nita Tewari & Arpana Inman
9. Case Illustration: Culturally Adaptive Model of Counseling
Jorge Wong & Kao Chiu Saechao, M.S.W.
10. Case Illustration: A Culturally Adaptive Conceptualization for 1.5 Generation of Southeast Asian Americans
Part IV - North American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Moving Beyond the Surface Level
Joseph E. Trimble
11. Working with North American Indian and Alaska Native Clients
Jeff King
12. Case Illustration: The Treatment of PTSD with a Laguna Pueblo Woman
Gayle Skawennio Morse & Angela M. Enno
13. Case Illustration: The Throw Away Boy: The Case of of an Eastern Woodlands American Indian Adolescent
Part V - Challenging Misperceptions and Widening the Lens: Middle Eastern Americans
Maryam Sayyedi, Noha Alshugairi & Metra Azar Salem
14. Middle Eastern Americans (MEA) in Therapy: An Application of the Skills Identification Stage Model
Maryam Sayyedi, Noha Alshugairi & Metra Azar Salem
15. Case Illustration: The Case of Kian: Application of the MEA-SISM
Maryam Sayyedi, Noha Alshugairi & Metra Azar Salem
16. Case Illustration: The Case of Mena and Ahmad: Application of the MEA-SISM
Part VI - Where do we go from here: Education, Training, Practice and Research Implications
Rebecca L. Toporek
17. "So what should I actually do?" Developing Skills for Greater Multicultural Competence
Jeff E. Harris
18. Multicultural Counseling in a Multitheoretical Context: New Applications for Practice
Yeh et al.
19. Ecological and Culturally Responsive Directions for the Skills Identification Stage Model
Janet Helms

"This text is practice and evidence-based. This will be one of the first texts to actually bridge the gaps between awareness, knowledge and (research based) practice. We all know the importance of training our students to become culturally competent practitioners but our texts don’t demonstrate how to skillfully effect therapeutic change. The case examples are going to really make this text notable. Professional therapists and scholars are going to share firsthand experiences with working with the culturally diverse groups. More importantly, they are going to introduce their theoretical orientation AND walk the reader through the tenets of the Culturally Adaptive Model so that the reader conceptualizes the client’s issues – and helps the client resolve his/her issues."

Shunda Brown
University of North Florida

"The emphasis of this text on practitioner self-awareness, knowledge of diverse groups, practice-based evidence, and the proposed cases of practice-based evidence approaches with various ethnocultural populations will be very valuable. It fills an important gap in the current materials available for multicultural counseling courses."

Donna Dockery
Virginia Commonwealth University

"The text description clearly identifies the benefits to masters’ level graduate students. It would be a valuable supplemental text for a masters’ level introductory course in cross/multi cultural counseling. It is also likely to be useful as a stand- alone for text the broader audience of doctoral students and professional development training for practitioners."

Yvonne Callaway
Eastern Michigan University

This text offers a very insightful and interesting introduction to the appropriate use of counselling skills within diverse counselling populations. The authors share a clear rationale for working with potentially challenging issues sensitively and congruently. We have adopted this as an essential text for use across several modules of the counselling foundation degree within the college.

Mr Andrew Thorne
Bristol Centre For Care, Health & Educ, City of Bristol College
April 30, 2013

Although I mention recommended, this book is very Americanised in its thinking and evidence base.

Albeit, the evidence provided enables more mature readers to re-analyse information to fit the cultural groups within their community or workplace setting.

All that being said, it provides its readers with food for thought and if used within a group forum, could make room for interesting discussions.

Miss Paula Williams
Counselling & Psychotherapy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 15, 2012

This book focusses on the application of Counselling in a number of specific groups as well as considering aspects of inclusivity. The case studies really embed understanding, in so far as the Practice they detail is truly applied, informed by EBP.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
January 31, 2012

the topic was very much relating to the US and not as relevant as hoped.

Mrs Janet Gray
School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
December 17, 2011

Finally, a text that presents an evidenced-based approach for multicultural counseling that appropriately acknowledges the impact of context. The SISM appears to have good promise and is an ideal model to present in an introductory graduate level multicultural counseling course.

Professor Tara Fortner
School of Human Services, Springfield College - School of Human Services
November 27, 2011
Key features

Features and Benefits:

The Skills Identification Stage Model (SISM): Each of the SISM with the specific ethnocultural communities outlines specific therapeutic skills with which students and professionals can work.

Case Examples: The case illustrations provide readers with applied therapeutic knowledge and skills as discussed by clinicians in the field. The case examples provide illustrative examples of how the SISM can be applied in the real-world.

Evidence-based practice applications: Evidence-based conceptualizations are incorporated throughout and exemplify the multiple sources of "evidence" available when working therapeutically.

Integration of different modalities throughout the book: There are different theoretical orientations (interpersonal-feminist, CBT, attachment and community, etc.) included throughout the book by way of application to ethnocultural communities and within the case examples.

Foundational chapters are a summary of current, relevant literature in the area of applied practice with each of these ethnocultural communities: Readers will be appraised of the most current research in these areas with each of the ethnocultural groups represented.

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