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Voices of Color

Voices of Color
First-Person Accounts of Ethnic Minority Therapists

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June 2004 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Voices of Color: First Person Accounts of Ethnic Minority Therapists is the first book to address the training, academic, and professional experiences of ethnic minority therapists. Using real cases, narratives, and biographical material, each chapter motivates the reader to ponder and challenge how issues related to mental health intersect with race/ethnicity within a broader diversity framework. 

The contributors represent various mental health disciplines, and they all write from a systemic perspective on therapy cases, theory, new models, and research. The authors present powerful narratives of how their personal and professional experiences inform each other.  These insider perspectives are placed within a broader systemic context highlighting the interplay between personal, academic, and professional political relationships and their symbiotic impact on individuals, families, and communities.  

These combined voices of color add a new and significant perspective to the awareness of students, clinicians, educators, supervisors, and administrators regarding their personal position vis-à-vis psychotherapy, different multicultural dimensions, and social justice.

Mudita Rastogi and Elizabeth Wieling
Chapter 1: Introduction
Section I: Identity and Professional Development of Therapists of Color
Monika Sharma
Chapter 2: Emerging Identity: An Asian Indian Female Psychologist's Perspective
Luis Antonio Rivas, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, and Kelly Ramon Ozambela
Chapter 3: Our Stories: Convergence of the Language, Professional, and Personal Identities of Three Latino Therapists
Janet M. Derrick
Chapter 4: When Turtle Met Rabbit: Native Family Systems
Section II: Ethnicity and Race in the Therapy Room and in the Classroom
Shalonda Kelly and Nancy Boyd-Franklin
Chapter 5: African American Women in Client, Therapist, and Supervisory Relationships: The Parallel Processes of Race, Culture, and Family
Larry Lee
Chapter 6: Taking Off the Mask: Breaking the Silence--The Art of Naming Racism in the Therapy Room
Saba Rasheed Ali, Jonathan R. Flojo, Krista M. Chronister, Diane Hayashino, Quincy R. Smiling, Danielle Torres, and Ellen Hawley McWhirter
Chapter 7: When Racism Is Reversed: Therapists of Color Speak About Their Experiences With Racism From Clients, Supervisees, and Supervisors
Debra A. Nixon
Chapter 8: Toward a Liberation Pedagogy: Creating a Safe Environment for Diversity Conversations in the Classroom
Azmaira H. Maker
Chapter 9: Post 9/11: Combating Racism in the Sanctity of Healing--A Clinical Vignette Utilizing a Cultural Process Dialogue
Laurie L. Charles
Chapter 10: Stories From Urban and Rural Landscapes: The Development of a Cultural Identity
Carmen Aguirre, J. Maria Bermudez, J. Ruben Parra Cardona, Jorge Antonio Zamora, and Nenetzin Angelica Reyes
Chapter 11: The Process of Integrating Language, Context, and Meaning: The Voices of Bilingual and Bicultural Therapists
Mudita Rastogi and Carole Woolford-Hunt
Chapter 12: International Academic Sojourners in the United States of America: Color in the Ivory Tower
Section III: Theory- and Research-Based Interventions and Approaches
Azmaira H. Maker, Mona Mittal, and Mudita Rastogi
Chapter 13: South Asians in the United States: Developing a Systemic and Empirically Based Mental Health Assessment Model
Denise D. McAdory
Chapter 14: Black Women Victims and Perpetrators of Family Domestic Violence: A Therapeutic Model Incorporating Racism and Black History
Narumi Taniguchi
Chapter 15: From Polarization to Pluralization: The Japanese Sense of Self and Bowen Theory
Martha Adams Sullivan
Chapter 16: Kum Ba Yah: The Relevance of Family Systems Theory for Clinicians and Clients of African Descent
Nithyakala Karuppaswamy and Rajeswari Natrajan
Chapter 17: Family Therapy From a Hindu Indian Worldview
Melanie Domenech Rodriguez and Elizabeth Wieling
Chapter 18: Developing Culturally Appropriate, Evidence Based Treatments for Interventions With Ethnic Minority Populations
J. Ruben Parra Cardona, Richard S. Wampler, and Dean M. Busby
Chapter 19: Acculturation Versus Cultural Identity: The Need for New Cultural Lenses in the Mental Health Professions
Key features
  • The book is divided into three sections: 1) Identity and Professional Development of Therapists of Color 2) Ethnicity and Race in the Therapy Room and in the Classroom 3) Theory and Research Based Interventions and Approaches Each section emphasizes a different area with respect to ethnicity and mental health, giving the book both breadth and depth. It suitable for use in graduate courses dealing with diversity, multiculturalism, ethnicity, and mental health, and ideal for clinicians interested in these issues.  
  • Each chapter includes a personal narrative to allow the reader a glimpse into the contexts of  the author(s) approach and conceptualization of these issues.  
  • Each chapter ends with a unique section titled: 'Reflections, Questions, and Exercises.' It includes such items as points to ponder or discuss, and exercises that may be either done individually, as a group or as a class assignment. This section may be especially. useful to educators and supervisors in their teaching.  
  • The book has a systemic focus.  

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