The purpose of this book is to expose students of the helping professions, counselors, teachers, college professors, mental health workers, and social workers to the unique characteristics of representative American subgroups and to effectively assist these same professionals as they work with clients and/or students from these populations. These are grouped by race, gender, sexuality, age, physical limitations and lifestyle etc. The author of each chapter is both a trained helping professional and a member of the group in question. This unique combination of qualifications lends both an academic and a personal perspective to the understanding of the populations represented.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Fuller, Self-awareness and Cultural Understanding. Garrett, Counseling Native Americans. Westbrooks, African Americans: A Remarkable People. Chang, Counseling Asian Americans. Brendel, Sustaeta, Counseling Hispanic Americans. Nassar-McMillan, Counseling Arab Americans. Williams, Counseling Multi-Racial Americans. Foster, May, Counseling Women from Feminist Perspectives. Daniel, Counseling Men. Holicky, Counseling People with Physical Disabilities. Connor, Counseling Sexual-minority Persons. Rayle, Myers, Counseling Older Persons. Minatrea, Kolbert, Counseling Incarcerated Clients. Wittmer, Counseling the Older Order Amish. Loesch, Burch-Ragan, Preparation for Helping Professionals Working with Diverse Populations.
"Each chapter begins with rich case examples which serve as explanatory applications of concepts and issues presented in the chapter. The authors also draw on their personal experiences as a member of the group being described, often with particularly touching effects/insights...the editors allow their authors to use gentle challenges, via personal stories and observations plus rich examples from their own experience, to pull the reader in - and help the reader see from new, instructive, and informative perspectives." -- L. DiAnne Borders, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Educational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
"This outstanding text provides the mental health practitioner with a comprehensive exposure to the knowledge and cultural characteristics so necessary for success in working with diversity. The organization of the chapters, the breadth of the populations presented, and the generalized application of cultural knowledge and skills make this an important addition to the literature.
A careful reading of this book is an excellent base for mental health practitioners who seek to understand and assist members of diverse populations." -- Richard M. Canada, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi