Culture psychotherapy and counseling critical and integrative perspectives takes a comprehensive approach to culture as it relates to psychological practice by viewing psychotherapy and counseling as science based cultural enterprises this book expands the understanding of culture in terms of the politics of identity symbolic and practice meanings moral ontology and global realities. Culture psychotherapy and counseling critical and integrative perspectives is a must reading for all mental health professionals and for students in counseling and psychotherapy courses both separately and as a collection the books chapters position culture as a central determinant of health and healing and sensitize the reader to . As the people of the united states become even more culturally diverse psychotherapists are required to develop their cultural competence health disparities persist with regard to many cultural identities including race class sexual orientation and ability. Considering these limitations we proceed as judiciously as we can examining key cultural tendencies and issues likely to be encountered in psychotherapy and counseling drawing out some implications from the extant research and offering some suggestions for research that may produce more culturally informed mental health practices. To better understand what happens inside the clinical setting this chapter looks outside it reveals the diverse effects of culture and society on mental health mental illness and mental health services this understanding is key to developing mental health services that are more responsive to the cultural and social contexts of racial and ethnic minorities
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