Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Online)

Culture-Infused Counselling (2Nd Ed.). le Counselling Tenant Compte Des Références Culturelles (2Ième éD)

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Online)

Culture-Infused Counselling (2Nd Ed.). le Counselling Tenant Compte Des Références Culturelles (2Ième éD)

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Arthur, N., & Collins, S. (2010). Culture-Infused Counselling (2nd ed.). Le counselling tenant compte des références culturelles (2ième éd). Calgary, AB: Counselling Concepts. ISBN: 978-0-9738085-1-3, 524 pages.

Reviewed by: David Paré


Culture-Infused Counselling is the second edition of Arthur and Collins's text, originally published in 2005. The book treats culture as ubiquitous, and advocates an approach to counselling that is "culture-infused" in the sense that practitioners never step out of culture to engage in any of their professional activities, including counselling, supervising, teaching, consulting, assessing, and researching. This edition is significantly revised to include new material addressing the complexities of cultural identity and an additional chapter on the role of social justice and advocacy in counselling. Culture-Infused Counselling verges on encyclopedic in scope and is a key and valuable resource with a distinctly Canadian focus.


Culture-Infused Counselling est la deuxième édition de l'ouvrage d'Arthur et Collins, initialement public en 2005. Cc livre traite de la culture comme étant omniprésente et préconise une approche au counseling de type « culture infusé », c'est-à-dite que les praticiens ne peuvent sortir de cette culture pour s'engager dans leurs activités professionnelles, notamment le counseling, la supervision, l'enseignement, la consultation, l'évaluation, et la recherche. Cette édition est sensiblement révisée afin d'y inclure de nouveaux éléments à propos des complexités de l'identité culturelle et un chapitre supplémentaire sut le rôle de la justice sociale de même qu'un plaidoyer en faveur du counseling. Culture-Infused Counselling a une visée encyclopédique et constitue une ressource clé de grande valeur distinguée par une perspective typiquement canathenne.

This is the revised second edition of Arthur and Collins's 2005 edited volume, Culture-Infused Counselling. The authors, both counselling psychologists and counsellor educators, have collaborated for several years on initiatives focused on the provision of services to non-dominant populations, including international students, women, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and questioning community. This book, like its predecessor, introduces theory and practice for counselling and research with diverse populations, set against a uniquely Canadian historical and legislative backdrop.

Unlike some revised collections that feature mostly updated introductions and afterwords, this volume has been substantially reworked by both the editors and the contributors - a diverse, pan-Canadian collection of practitioners and academics. New chapters have been added and original ones revised and tightened up to accommodate a total of three additional chapters within roughly the same number of pages.

The book's first section is devoted to a conceptual overview and does a skillful job of emphasizing the distinction between "infusing" practice with a sensitivity to culture and treating multiculturalism as a sort of variable to consider with certain visibly "ethnic" or "minority" clients. The authors argue that culture is ubiquitous and that "no person or group can be fully understood in the absence of a purposeful inquiry into culture" (p. v). The authors make good on this claim by sharing vignettes and anecdotes from their own experience, and ensuring that all contributors situate themselves at the outsets of their chapters. Arthur and Collins also draw on examples from their own professional backgrounds to emphasize a related point about the scope of "culture," showing that it not only pertains to all client groups, but deserves careful consideration across all contexts in which counsellors work as well. This includes therapeutic practice, supervision, research, administration, and counsellor education.

The opening chapters do an effective job of contextual izing the material within a Canadian setting, reminding readers that counselling practice always unfolds within a broader context that inescapably influences what goes on in face-to-face conversations. …

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