Working with Immigrant Families: A Practical Guide for Counselors.
The family therapy and counseling series
Zagelbaum, Adam. Carlson, Jon.
Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)
xvii, 277 p.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 20017
This text is designed to assist therapists in enhancing and applying strategies that will aid immigrant families in ways that are more specific to the area and community in which they exist. Chapters 1-3 define essential concepts that apply to the psychological and interpersonal development of culturally different individuals. Chapter 1 reviews issues that may be of common consideration for working with immigrants, the roles of the therapists, and the concepts of race, ethnicity, culture, and family. Chapter 2 discusses theories of acculturation and cultural identity, and Chapter 3 explores theories of family therapy and key considerations when working with immigrant families. Chapters 4-11 are designed to provide specific information about particular immigrant families along with available research and experiences that encompass what therapists believe to be the most effective strategies involved with assisting immigrant families from particular parts of the world. Specific chapters address working with Hispanic, European, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Australian immigrant families. Chapter 12 outlines specific issues and approaches that are significant for working with immigrant families within blended, bicultural, or multicultural backgrounds, and Chapter 13 provides suggestions and guidelines for professionals to consider as the amount of immigrants within the United States increases and the need for professional mental health services adjusts to meet an increased demand. Chapters close with discussion questions and references. Appendices include national resources on cultural competence and guidelines for mental health professionals working with immigrants.
Immigrants; Family counseling; Counselors role; Cultural sensitivity