Revisioning Family Therapy

Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture & Gender in Clinical Practice

Edited by Monica McGoldrick & Kenneth V. Hardy. 2nd Edition. 2008, Guilford Press.

This groundbreaking work illuminates how racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression constrain the lives of diverse clients–and family therapy itself. Practitioners and students gain vital tools for reevaluating prevailing conceptions of family health and pathology; tapping into clients’ cultural resources; and developing more inclusive theories and therapeutic practices. The book offers discusses culturally competent assessment, treatment, and clinical training. Authors also reflect on their own cultural and family legacies. Only by attending to the multiplicitous voices that have until now been silenced in the dominant story of who we are as a nation can we become “more authentically American.” While African Americans, Hmong refugees and recent immigrants from Sri Lanka have their own culture of origin and particular experiences of migration and/or dislocation, they need equally to feel themselves included in the definition of “American.”To revision the dominant discourses within family therapy, we must examine the way in which we have organized our theory and practice, and analyze how this replicates the dominant value systems of our society. Such re-visioning will be a slow and difficult evolution, and will not take place without a backlash. The book maps out a series of phases which describe both the past and the possible future of family therapy; a framework the authors hope will contribute to the transformation of theory and practice.

Authors include: Celia Falicov, Carlos Sluzki, Froma Walsh, Vanessa Mahmoud, Linda Stone Fish, Matthew Mock, Nuha Abbedubbah, Fernando Colon, Peggy McIntosh, MaryAnn Domokos Cheng Ham, Ken Hardy & Monica McGoldrick.



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Foreign language translation available for this book:
also exists in Portuguese translation
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