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Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling

Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling
A Life Story Approach

January 2008 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I so thoroughly enjoyed your class and I thought the textbook was excellent. The autobiographies were extremely beneficial to me as jumping off points to explore multicultural terms and concepts. Your fair selection of individuals, with such varied and complex backgrounds, made it impossible for any of us to fall into pet political or ideological paradigms - right or left.Thank you again for such a good learning experience."
Victoria Herbert, student at Claremont University

"I really liked the textbook. The story format is superb because it allows you enter into ideas and concepts experientially. This tends to make them much more comprehensible and enduring than definitions or third person explanations. It also greatly increased my empathy for certain populations. Rachel's story about the transgender child was extremely powerful in this regard. Finally, stories have a strong convincing quality. It's hard to argue with someone's experience."
Stephen Schubert

"I liked it. I actually enjoyed reading it which I can't always say about grad school textbooks. I thought that it was easy to read and follow. It gave valuable background information which tied in history and current events well. This allowed me to more clearly understand society as a whole. I really liked the vignettes-looking at people's experiences from different cultures, backgrounds, etc... it enabled me to better understand where people were coming from and their wordviews. It gave thorough descriptions of groups, theories, and sociology/psychology concepts. This helped me to better understand people's struggles.
Julie Mcshane

"I actually thought it was one of the better textbooks I've had in the program specifically because of the life stories. I always think case studies are very effective because your learning is within a real life context rather than relying on just theories and then trying to apply those theories to actual situations…which can be difficult."
—Lorraine Hayes, Northeastern Illinois University

Story is one of the most powerful ways to creating meaning. This collection of life stories offers compelling narratives by individuals from different races, ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientations, and social classes. By weaving these engaging stories with relevant theoretical topics, this unique textbook provides deeper levels of understanding on how cultural factors influence identity, personality, worldview, and mental health. Using a content-theme analysis, Dimensions of Multicultural Counseling: A Life Story Approach allows readers to easily grasp the relationship between multiple dimensions and the formation of identity.  

Key Features and Benefits
  • Combines theory and practice as each life story is followed by a clinical applications section, which contain practical ideas for working with clients who have similar stories 
  • Allows for easy classroom assignments since each section in the book can be read independently
  • Devotes full chapters to topics not found in other textbooks: Oppression and Resilience; Sexual Orientation; Multicultural Theory
  • Offers useful toolbox activities, which gives students additional resources for further exploration
Praise for the authors' precursory work:

"Culture and Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists is a brilliant revolution in our way of looking at culture and identity through an understanding of diverse people's diverse life stories. Reading each character's story helps us learn how distinct each individual life is and how rich and diverse our world is. It packs rich and diverse information derived from firsthand, and intimate stories."  – PsycCritiques

Also available with this book
An Instructor's Resource CD with supplemental materials for each chapter and a helpful internet study site at including podcasts and videos offer further opportunities that examine and apply this mosaic of rich subject matter.            

Intended Audience

This core text may be used in upper level undergraduate in multicultural counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, and human services as well as a text for advanced and doctoral courses on multicultural issues. A valuable resource for understanding cultural factors in clinical work, it will enhance the clinical skills of mental health providers who work with diverse client populations.    

Ch 1. Multiculturalism, Theory and Competence
Ch 2. Oppression and Resilience
Ch 3. Self in Context
Ch 4. Julie's Story: So What if I'm a Black Woman?
Ch 5. Butch's Story: Who Am I?
Ch 6. Betsie's Story: I Am 100 Percent Jewish
Ch 7. Maribel's Story: When Are You Going to Have Kids?
Ch 8. Vu's Story: I Am an American
Ch 9. Esteban's Story: Still Uprooted
Ch 10. Maria Luz's Story: Here We Are Not Free
Ch 11. Teresa's Story: I Didn't Want to Go to Church on Sunday
Ch 12. Frank's Story: Hearing God's Voice
Ch 13. Bob's Story: The Good Christian Son
Ch 14. Katie's Story: Catholic and Jewish? How Can It Be?
Ch 15. Carla's Story: One More Mile
Ch 16. Anthony's Story: From Radical to Bohemian to Suit Me
Ch 17. Karen's Story: Midlife Growing Pains
Ch 18. Transgender and Intersex Sexuality
Ch 19. Rachel's Story: Nurturing the Spirit
About the Authors
Using Real Life Stories in Multicultural Counseling Courses

Excellent book! I will use it in the future will all of my multicultural counseling courses.

Dr Glinda Rawls
Counselor Ed Couns Psych Dept, Western Michigan University
July 23, 2013

Love the case approach of this text. Has great supplemental resources including podcast, video clips, articles, etc. on the text website.

Dr LaNina Mompremier
Psychology Dept, Gallaudet University
January 3, 2012

It fit into the scope of my class and provides for a more realistic view of the complexities of cultural diversity.

Dr Lonnie Duncan
Counselor Ed Couns Psych Dept, Western Michigan University
October 28, 2010
Key features
This book will be unique for several reasons:
  • No other textbook for this market uses life stories to demonstrate mulitcultural counseling
  • This book will have a price advantage of the the hardcover Sue/Sue book which is priced near $100
  • A DVD that accompanies the Instructor's manual for instructors to show students in their course
  • End of chapter discussion questions
  • Unique coverage including Muslim Americans / Sexual Orientation / Gender issues
  • Excercises to facilitate personal growth/self awareness


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

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