Academic journal article Family Relations

Re-Visioning Family Therapy

Academic journal article Family Relations

Re-Visioning Family Therapy

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McGoldrick, M. (Ed.). (1998. Re-visioning Family Therapy. New York: Guilford. 444 pages. Hardcover ISBN 1-57230027-2, price $40.00.

Monica McGoldrick's edited book Re-visioning Family Therapy is an enlightening, provocative, and valuable resource available to clinicians interested in expanding their awareness and sensitivity to issues of multicultural diversity. The book is divided into seven sections that include 31 chapters written by renowned and respected scholars in family therapy. Re-visioning Family Therapy accomplishes the difficult task of succinctly presenting a variety of topics that challenge the reader to think critically about issues of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, homosexuality, religion, migration, family structure, and social class.

The authors encourage the reader to acknowledge and, at times, become painfully aware of cultural scripts and values that perpetuate social inequities and result in the marginalization and exclusion of certain peoples. The section called "What it Means to be White" does a wonderful job of highlighting the many privileges and "unearned entitlements" possessed by some whites in American society and within family therapy in particular.

The following section intimately engages the reader as the authors share personal stories of their tumultuous journeys in search of their roots and their cultural legacies. These moving stories sensitize the reader to some of struggles and joys faced by persons who are adopted, who are biracial, or whose heritage is nearly impossible to trace because of slavery.

Several sections in the book provide information, reflections, resources, and practical guidelines for how clinicians might effectively and respectfully provide mental health services to culturally diverse populations. The authors of these chapters motivate the reader to re-think their models and assumptions regarding family therapy and to be flexible and creative as they work with diverse groups. …

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