Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model

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Introduction

This book is an introduction to a general integrative model of culturally competent family therapy. In this model, concepts, methods and findings borrowed from heterogeneous sources have been incorporated into a synthesis of various current theories of family therapy. The main sources tapped have been social and cultural anthropology, sociology, cross-cultural social psychology, cross-cultural psychiatry and linguistics. All these materials have been explicated, systematized and formalized within the conceptual and terminological framework of information processing and semiotics.

This book is designed as a complete guide to culturally competent family therapy with any family of any sociocultural background. The need for such a guide is self-evident considering the social reality faced by most family therapists these days. Due to the current global trends of rapid immigration, international migration of refugees and workers, formation of multicultural families and social mobility, fewer and fewer clinicians find themselves working within a unicultural context. Most practitioners nowadays work with families of heterogeneous cultural, social, religious and linguistic backgrounds or with culturally mixed families. Furthermore, clinicians very often work together with colleagues whose sociocultural backgrounds are different from their own.

A clinician using this book is not required to have prior intimate acquaintance with, or expert knowledge of, any specific social group. The assumption underlying the model proposed in this book is that every family has its own specific culture, which is partly shared by the various communities to which the family belongs and partly unique to the particular family. The following citation from Schwartzman ( 1983) is relevant here:

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Part I - Culture and Family Therapy: an Overview 1
  • 1 - The Necessity to Incorporate Culture into the Theory and Practice of Family Therapy 3
  • Summary 17
  • 2 - The General Model of Culturally Competent Family Therapy: a Brief Outline 19
  • Summary 30
  • Part II - Family-Cultural Concepts Relevant to Diagnosis and Treatment 33
  • 3 - The Family's Conceptualization of Its Environment 35
  • Summary 43
  • 4 - The Family's Cultural Identity 45
  • Summary 65
  • 5 - The Family's Functioning and Lifestyle 67
  • Summary 74
  • 6 - The Family's Coping with Problems and Difficulties 77
  • Summary 82
  • Part III - The Information-Processing Framework 83
  • 7 - The Family as an Information-Processing System 85
  • Summary 100
  • 8 - Culturally Determined Family Dysfunction 103
  • Summary 116
  • Part IV - Culturally Competent Family Diagnosis 119
  • 9 - Data-Collection Instruments and Procedures 121
  • Summary 130
  • 10 - Analysis of Diagnostic Data 131
  • Summary 150
  • Part V - Therapy 153
  • 11 - The Therapeutic Alliance in Culturally Competent Family Therapy 155
  • Summary 163
  • 12 - Planning the Therapy: Strategies, Tactics and Techniques 165
  • Summary 193
  • 13 - The Therapeutic Process 195
  • Summary 212
  • Epilogue 213
  • Appendix - A Classified List of References 215
  • References 229
  • Index 249
  • About the Author 255
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