Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families

Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families

by Elaine P. Congress DSW, Manny J. Gonzalez PhD

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In second edition, social work and mental health students and practitioners across the full spectrum of social service settings gain essential knowledge into cutting edge issues in the assessment and treatment of families from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Fully revised, with a full third of the book completely rewritten and each chapter significantly updated, the editors bring together the latest in multicultural family research and new and improved macro and micro ways of understanding and respecting the needs of new immigrants and diverse populations. Included is an important revision of Dr. Congress's essential assessment technique, the culturagram.

New and updated chapters provide evidence-based and specialized perspectives, including:
  • Handling post 9/11 complications for immigrants and refugees
  • culturally sensitive treatment ideas for Arab-American families
  • Working from an Afrocentric perspective
  • Understanding the needs of the new Russian, Asian, and Hispanic immigrants
  • Helping diverse HIV-affected families
  • Impact of ethnicity on incest treatments
  • Suicide attempts with adolescents
  • Importance of spirituality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826131461
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/15/2005
Series: Springer Series on Social Work
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Manny John González, PhD, earned his MSW degree from New York University and his PhD from Adelphi University. He is an associate professor and program coordinator of the doctoral program at the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Prior to his current appointment at Florida Atlantic University, he held tenured faculty positions at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Dr. González’s research and scholarship interests include mental health/mental illness, the application of developmental and psychodynamic theories to clinical practice, psychological and physical well-being among Hispanic imfmigrants, the psychodynamics of fathering and fatherhood, doctoral education and clinical research using qualitative and quantitative methods. He has taught graduate courses at the MSW and PhD levels in clinical practice, relational psychotherapy, group therapy, psychopathology, evidence-based mental health practice, translational science, research proposal development, contemporary psychodynamic theories, and social work education. Dr. González has published numerous articles and chapters on mental health practice with immigrants and refugees, clinical practice with Hispanics, urban children, evidence-based practice, clinical social work practice, and interprofessional collaboration. His book credits (co-edited) include Mental Health Care of New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovations in Contemporary Clinical Practice and Multicultural Perspectives in Social Work Practice With Families (Springer Publishing Company). Dr. González was awarded the Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016. He has practiced as a clinician for over 33 years specializing in community mental health—and maintained a private practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy and clinical supervision in Brooklyn Heights, New York, until his arrival at Florida Atlantic University in 2017.

Read an Excerpt

"Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families is an essential book for social work students and faculty. The book addresses many relevant issues for families across the life cycle, from micro to mezzo to macro practice. Case examples poignantly provide relevance to the theories and ideas of each chapter. The book advances both the knowledge base of social work with families, as well as the growing dialogue surrounding social work practice with multicultural families. It makes an important contribution to the social work practice literature on culturally competent social work practice."
--Robin Mama, Associate Professor MSW Program Director, Chair Monmouth University

Table of Contents

    Foreword by Peter B. Vaughn, PhD
    Section One: Micro and Macro Approaches
  1. Using the Culturagram to Assess and Empower Culturally Diverse Families, Elaine P. Congress, DSW, and Winnie W. Kung, PhD
  2. Family and Group Approaches with Culturally Diverse Families: A Dialogue to Increase Collaboration, Elaine P. Congress and Maxine Lynn, PhD
  3. Managing Agencies for Multicultural Services, Roslyn H. Chernesky, DSW

  4. Section Two: Culturally Diverse Families Across the Life Cycle
  5. The Multicultural Triangle of the Child, the Family, and the School: Culturally Competent Approaches, Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, DSW
  6. Social Work Practice with African American Adolescent Girls: A Process-Person-Context Model, Portia Adams, PhD
  7. Working with Culturally Diverse Older Adults, Irene A. Gutheil, DSW, and Janna C. Heyman, PhD
  8. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren from a Multicultural Perspective, Carole B. Cox, PhD

  9. Section Three: Selected Culturally Diverse Populations
  10. Clinical Practice with Immigrants and Refugees: An Ethnographic Multicultural Approach, Jessica Rosenberg, PhD, Manny J. Gonzalez, DSW, and Samuel Rosenberg, PhD
  11. Working with Russian-Speaking Jewish Immigrants, Robert Chazin, DSW, and Tatyana Ushakova, MSW
  12. Practice with Families Where Sexual Orientation is an Issue: Lesbian and Gay Individuals and Their Families, Gerald P. Mallon, DSW
  13. Arab American Families: Assessment and Treatment, Nuha Abudabbeh, PhD
  14. An Afrocentric Approach to Working with Afro-American Families, Valerie Borum, PhD
  15. Hispanic Families in the United States with Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children, Idalia Mapp, PhD

  16. Section Four: Challenging Practice Issues
  17. Working with HIV-Affected Culturally Diverse Families, Cynthia Cannon Poindexter, PhD
  18. Evidence-Based Marriage and Family Treatment with Problem Drinkers: A Multi-Cultural Perspective, Meredith Hanson, DSW, and Yvette M. Sealy, PhD
  19. The Impact of Ethnicity and Race on the Treatment of Mothers in Incest Families, Virginia C. Strand, DSW
  20. Multicultural Social Work Practice with Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Patricia Brownell, PhD, and Eun Jeong Ko, MSW
  21. Suicide Attempts by Adolescent Latinas: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention, Sandra G. Turner, PhD, and Carol P. Kaplan, PhD

  22. Section Five: Conclusion
  23. Spirituality and Culturally Diverse Families: The Intersection of Culture, Religion, and Spirituality, Zulema E. Suarez, PhD, and Edith A. Lewis, PhD
  24. Ethical Issues and Future Directions, Elaine P. Congress

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From the Publisher

"For professional social workers and other human service providers who wish to practice in a more culturally sensitive manner that will allow them to not only respect the diversity of clients, but...celebrate the richness that cultural, racial and ethnic diversity brings to our society...As a text it will assure that at the completion of their studies, students will begin their journey in multicultural practice paces ahead of those of us who did not benefit from such readings in our own study."
-Peter B. Vaughan, Dean, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, from the foreword

"This book on multicultural families covers a wide array of related family issues and skills which are important for human service practitioners in the helping disciplines....The reader will be impressed with such extensive coverage of multicultural families in a single text."
-- Doman Lum, PhD, ThD, professor emeritus of social work, California State University, Sacramento

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