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The Convergence of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
Multiple Identities in Counseling

Fifth Edition


April 2016 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Students, beginning and seasoned mental health professionals will be better prepared for diversity practice by this accessible, timely, provocative, and critical work, The Convergence of Race, Ethnicity and Gender: Multiple Identities in Counseling, Fifth Edition.  Author Tracy Robinson-Wood demonstrates, through both the time honored tradition of storytelling and clinically-focused case studies, the process of patient and therapist transformation.  This insightful, practical resource offers behavioral health professionals a nuanced view of diversity beyond race, culture, and ethnicity to include and interrogate intersectionality among race, culture, gender, sexuality, age, class, nationality, religion, and disability.  With a keen focus on quality patient care, this important text aims to help professionals better serve patients across sources of diversity.  Readers will recognize their roles and responsibilities as social justice agents of change, while identifying the ways in which dominant cultural beliefs and values furnish and perpetuate clients’ feelings of stuckness and inadequacy, in both the therapeutic alliance and within the larger society. This remarkable text reveres the lifelong commitment of using knowledge and skills as power for good to make a meaningful difference in people's lives.
 
Part I: The Mental Health Professional and Diversity
 
Chapter 1: You, The Mental Health Professional, and Diversity in Mental Health Practice
The Mental Health Profession  
 
Chapter 2: Multicultural Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes
Multicultural Competencies  
Competency Guidelines, Benchmarks, and Standards  
Diversity Training  
Assessment and Research  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 3: Multiple Identities
Multicultural Counseling and Psychology Defined  
Diversity: An Overview  
A B C Dimensions  
Conceptualization of the Self  
Images of Diversity  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 4: Identities as Status
Identities as Status: The Contextual and Social Construction of Differences Model  
Assumptions of Hierarchical Socialization Patterns  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Part II: Our People
 
Chapter 5: People of Native American and Alaskan Native Descent
History  
Geography and Demography  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
Acculturation  
Cultural Philosophies and Values  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 6: People of Spanish and Latino Descent
The Spanish, Portuguese, Indians, Asians, and Africans  
Migratory Patterns from Mexico  
Demography  
Geography  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
Migration and Acculturation  
Cultural Orientation and Values  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 7: People of African Descent
History, 500-1500 AD  
The Slave Trade  
Resistance to Slavery  
Demographic Trends  
Social, Psychological, and Physiological Health Issues  
Cultural Orientation and Values  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 8: People of Asian Descent, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
History  
Demography  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
Acculturation and Experiences in America  
Cultural Orientation and Values  
Asian American Identity Development  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 9: People of the Middle East and Arab Americans
The Africans, Asians, Europeans, and Arabs  
Muslims and Arabs: Differences and Similarities  
Migratory Patterns from the Middle East  
Demography  
U.S. Census Bureau Classification as White  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
Cultural Orientation and Values  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 10: People of European Descent
History and Immigration  
Geography and Demography  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
The Meaning of Whiteness  
White Racial Identity Development  
White Privilege and Colorblindness  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 11: People of Jewish Descent
History of Migragration and Accultration  
Defining Judaism  
The Meaning of Being Jewsih  
Shoah (The Holocaust)  
Demography  
Social, Psychological, and Physical Health Issues  
Cultural Orientation and Values  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Part III: Converging Identities
 
Chapter 12: Converging Race
The Social Construction of Race  
Race and Science  
Origins of Racial Groups  
On Race, Ethnicity, and Difference  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 13: Converging Biracial and Multicultural Identities
Definitions  
Demography  
The One-Drop Rule  
The Fluidity of Race  
Racial Socialization  
Multiracial and Biracial Identity Development  
Research and Biracial and Multiracial Populations  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 14: Converging Gender
Gender Definitions  
Gender and Biology  
The Social Construction of Gender  
Undoing Gender  
Sex and Gender Roles  
Gender and Emotion  
Gender and the Body  
Gender and Experiences in Therapy  
Gender Identity Models  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 15: Converging Sexuality
Definitions and Terminology  
Narrative Questions  
The Importance of a Focus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Mental Health Diversity  
Developmental Processes  
Counseling LGBT Populations of Color  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 16: Converging Socioeconomic Class
The Invisibility of Class as a Variable in Counseling  
The Intersection of Class  
Class: An Identity Construct  
Middle-Class Bias and Counselor Training  
The Fluidity of Class  
Middle-Class Bias and Ethical Standards  
Classism  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 17: Converging Disability
Understanding Disability  
Disabilities and Children in Schools  
Adults and Disabilities  
Veterans  
Disability Studies  
The Social Construction of Disability  
Alzheimers  
Perfection, Beauty, and the Able Body  
Implications for Counselors and Psychologists  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 18: Converging Spirituality
Spirituality and Religion Defined  
Spirituality, Therapy, and Cultural Considerations  
Diverse Healing Strategies  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  
 
Chapter 19: Converging Social Justice in Diversity Practice
Social Justice and Empowerment  
Power and Powerlessness  
Social Justice and the Therapeutic Process  
Feminist Therapy and Social Justice  
Patient Navigation: Social Justice Example  
Implications for Mental Health Professionals  
Case Study  

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Dr Catherine Griffith
School Of Education, University Of Massachusetts
October 2, 2016

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