I feel especially fortunate to have had Dr. Florence Kaslow as my sponsor. Her excitement about my work, her generous involvement with my ideas and her supportive direction and feedback have constituted a continuous source of encouragement during my work on this book. I am particularly grateful to Dr. Kaslow for having taken the time to write about the case of the Hernandez family (see chapter 10) especially for this book.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Professor Paul Pedersen, Series Adviser for the Greenwood Press series Contributions in Psychology for his help and support during the last stages of this work. His warm, friendly attitude has been a continuous source of energy in moments of weakness and doubt, which are an inevitable part of any ambitious endeavor.
I owe a special gratitude to my colleagues Galeela Oren Tabachnikov and Odeda Peled. For many years I have been sharing my ideas with them. I could always count on their careful scrutiny, and their comments have invariably been extremely valuable.
I would also like to thank my students Reena Amar, Shosh Aragon, Orly Bakshy, Malka Hazan, Dinah Mannheim and Sarah Silber, who participated in a course on culturally competent family therapy for social workers I conducted in 1994. Many of the exciting discussions and intriguing case analyses cited in this book are taken from this course.
Finally, many thanks to my wife Ruthie for her support and encouragement during the years of hard work spent on preparing this book.