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Cultural Psychotherapy

Cultural Psychotherapy
Theory, Methods, and Practice

THE Model for Culturally Competent Psychotherapeutic Practice

August 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written by a leading expert in the field of culturally competent psychotherapeutic practice, this book presents an integrated psychotherapeutic framework designed to help students and practitioners understand, investigate and treat clients from diverse cultural backgrounds (including all races and backgrounds). La Roche introduces a logical theoretical model that takes into account the influence of sociopolitical, economic and cultural processes (e.g., discrimination, cultural oppression, economic inequities) within the psychotherapeutic process. In addition to highlighting socio-cultural forces, La Roche focuses on and emphasizes the psychotherapeutic relationship and the client's unique history and experiences. Using a three-phased psychotherapeutic model with specific clinical recommendations and suggestions for each phase, the book explores complex clinical cases that illustrate in detail each phase.

Unique in its approach to and definition of the concept of cultural diversity, Cultural Psychotherapy expands the traditional ethnicity/race model to a model that examines individuals and groups according to a broader set of variables (e.g., ethnic identity, self-orientation, gender orientation, and socioeconomic class). In other words, the key to enhancing our understanding of our clients is to take into account the rich and dynamic context in which their lives develop and evolve.

Introduction: What Is Cultural Psychotherapy?
Chapter 1. Phase I: Addressing Basic Needs and Symptom Reduction
Chapter 2. Phase II: Understanding Clients' Experiences
Chapter 3. Phase III: Fostering Empowerment
Chapter 4. Addressing Cultural Differences in the Psychotherapeutic Process
Chapter 5. The Cultural Formulation and the Conceptual Foundations of Cultural Pschyotherapy
Chapter 6. Developing Culturally Competent Interventions
Chapter 7. A Clinical Illustration of the Three Phased Cultural Psychotherapeutic Model
Chapter 8. Beyond Cultural Psychotherapy: Cultural Thinking

"This is THE text if you want to take multicultural ideas into concrete practice. Both students and professionals will appreciate both the practical “how to’s” of this book and the innovative and important theoretical reviews. I’d adopt this text in a New York minute.”

Allen Ivey, EdD, ABPP
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“I would definitely add this text to my course given its conceptual strength and content.”

Jill Betz Bloom
Mass School Psychology – Boston

“The author…provides a new perspective that both integrates theoretical perspectives, and offers a specific in-depth approach to therapeutic process that is valuable for clinical practice with diverse populations.”

Usha Tummala-Narra
Boston College - Chestnut Hill

Book offered insightful information to both myself and my students. It was easy reading for everyone.

Dr S. Alexander Riley
Arts and Health Sciences, United States University
September 21, 2013
Key features


  • Chapter focusing on how to formulate the client's issues in a culturally competent manner helps to effectively address cultural differences within the psychotherapeutic process.
  • Chapter describing ten different psychotherapeutic strategies presents methodological challenges and ideas to examine psychotherapeutic issues in a culturally-sensitive and systemic manner.
  • End-of-chapter summaries emphasize main points.
  • Concrete and complex examples of clinical work thoroughly illustrate author's psychotherapy model.
  • Useful and detailed clinical recommendations help clients of different backgrounds.
  • Psychotherapeutic efficacy of concepts and strategies presented work effectively with all racial and ethnic groups, including non-minorities.

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