Race, Culture and Counselling
"Race, Culture and Counselling" seeks to explore some of the major dimensions and subtleties underlying the issues of race and culture and how these might impact upon counselling-psychotherapeutic relationships. It contributes to the literature that urges awareness, understanding and acceptance between people of different cultural, racial and linguistic origins. The dimensions of race and culture are extremely complex and have many consequences in therapy. Wherever persons of different races and cultures come together in a counselling relationship, some of their interactions will be an unknown quantity, each may experience discomfort and fear and the results, for both parties, might be negative. This is not a book of case studies, neither is it a cookbook manual of 'how to do it'. Rather, it articulates a range of issues that are pertinent to therapists who live and work in a multi-racial society and also addresses the challenges posed to trainers, supervisors and researchers of counselling and psychotherapy.
"Scores of mental health professionals in both Great Britain and the United States seem to be ill prepared to provide culturally appropriate counselling services to a diverse population...This book is not only timely, but critical to the future of counselling theory and practice. It is an excellent synthesis of traditional and contemporary ideas related to issues of race and culture in counselling." - Courtland Lee, Professor of Counsellor Education, University of Virginia, USA.
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"Writing in collaboration with Joyce Thompson, Colin Lago has provided a comprehensive treatment of sensitive and complex issuesthat counsellors and therapists, of all schools of thought, will welcome and admire...It should (and probably will) become a standard text-book on counsellor training courses, but its appeal is wider than counselling only. All 'helpers' will find something of value in this book." - Person Centred Practice. "...a very timely and rich contribution to a somewhat sparse body of work published in a British context...very good value for money. Full of valuable and useful material for counsellors/psychotherapists, trainers, students and those whose interest or professions lie in racial and cultural issues in mental health." - Race and Cultural Education in Counselling. "...a book which could increase the effectiveness of anyone working in the field of counselling or psychotherapy." - Contact - The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies. "Race, Culture and Counselling is more than a 'how to' book. It puts counselling and psychotherapy as we aim to practice it today into a cultural, philosophical and historical context. In doing so the authors take us back to basics by reminding us that we do not practice in a vacuum or sterile environment." -British Journal of Psychotherapy "...a ready-made agenda for action." - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling "...a useful introductory reader for psychotherapists and counsellors involved in work which brings them face to face withissues of race and culture." - British Journal of Psychotherapy.