Culturally Adaptive Counseling Skills
Demonstrations of Evidence-Based Practices
- Miguel E. Gallardo - Pepperdine University, USA
- Christine J. Yeh - University of San Francisco, USA, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
- Joseph E. Trimble - Western Washington University, USA
- Thomas A. Parham - California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
the topic was very much relating to the US and not as relevant as hoped.
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.