Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process by Judith Mishne, DSW
[Book & 9 CE Credits]

Clients in psychodynamic therapy come from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as do therapists, yet cross-cultural issues are often oversimplified or ignored in clinical practice and training. This volume helps therapists incorporate awareness of diversity into all phases of treatment, from referral and assessment to working through and termination. Using extensive case material, Judith Mishne illuminates the ways that differences in ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, class background, and age enter into both the personal identity of client and therapist and the moment-to-moment process of therapy. She offers clear guidance for understanding and navigating the intersubjective issues that arise, drawing from the literatures of multicultural therapy, self psychology, and object relations. Demonstrating how to build and sustain a strong, empathic treatment alliance--one based on openness, self-awareness, curiosity, and specific cultural knowledge--this book is a vital resource for contemporary clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the characteristics and basic attitudes and assumptions of culturally sensitive clinician.
  • Identify ways of attending to clients’ cultural realities.
  • Identify how cultural sensitivity can be integrated at every step of therapeutic process.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Changing Paradigms in Clinical Practice

Overview of Cross-Cultural Treatment Considerations

  • Views from the 1950s to the 1990s
  • Conceptions of Culturally Responsive Clinical Practice for the 2000s

The Beginning Phase of the Treatment Process

  • Referral, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Engagement and Therapeutic Alliance

The Middle Phase of the Treatment Process

  • The Treatment Relationship: Transference, Countertransference, and the Real Relationship
  • Resistance
  • Fixation, Regression, and Defense

The End Phase of the Treatment Process

  • Working Through
  • Termination


About the Author

Judith Mishne, DSW is a Full Professor at the Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University, where she has been since 1979. The author or editor of numerous books and articles, she has presented at over 100 professional conferences. Dr. Mishne serves as consulting editor on the Journal of Analytic Social Work and the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Bar Ilan University School of Social Work and at the University of Haifa School of Social Work, both in Isreal. She also maintains a private practice.

This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 21 March, 2007.
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