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ISBN-13: 978-1118022023 ISBN-10: 1118022025 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118022025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118022023
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Counseling the Culturally Diverse, Sixth Edition

"Derald Sue and David Sue have achieved new heights with this most recent edition of their classic text, and they do not disappoint. Paralleling the evolving nature of multiculturalism itself, the book addresses the latest topics critical to the field, and generously expands the rest. The reader is given an opportunity to personally reflect, analyze, and apply material at every turn. Readers will find that this text more than lives up to its great expectations."
Beth A. Durodoye, Ed.D., Professor of Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio

"With its most recent updates and revisions, Counseling the Culturally Diverse remains as relevant today as its first edition. Sue and Sue have continued to maintain the integrity of the content and continue to expand and include progressing perspectives within the multicultural and social justice literature. Their inclusion of the most up-to-date topical areas in the field, with personal narratives and examples, makes this edition a "comprehensive guide" that provides critical foundational materials, with real world examples and practical ideas for implementation in the counseling and psychotherapy contexts. I have no doubt this 6th edition will remain the most utilized book in classroom settings across the country."
Miguel E. Gallardo, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology Pepperdine University

"Sue and Sue, through their text, have found a substantive way to encourage a meaningful dialogue about the role of culture and experience in the counseling process. Their treatment of the contextual uniqueness that clients bring to the counseling relationship will undoubtedly serve to help counseling students and practicing counselors alike to find their sense of self throughout their 'professional journey'."
Thomas J. Hernandez, Ed.D., LMHC Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Counselor Education, The College at Brockport

"Dr. Derald Wing Sue has done it again! This latest installment in the Counseling the Culturally Diverse series is a phenomenal piece of work that is comprehensive in scope, penetrating in its insights, and pragmatic in the way it teaches the reader how to navigate the pathways of culture our discipline and profession struggle so profoundly with. The journey toward developing multicultural understanding and competence is one of the most significant challenges in a professional psychologist and counselor's life. Indeed, the landscape of progress towards a more culturally competent and socially just profession is dotted with stones of stagnation, the rocks of resignation, and the dust of denial about the elements of psychological and counseling instruction and practice that are necessary to master in one's professional growth and development. This text is as good a roadmap as there is in the profession and those who make the choice to not just read the pages of each chapter, but also understand and embrace the principles and practices that are outlined within, will find their journey toward multicultural understanding and competence much more rewarding, enriching, and fulfilling. This book is simply an awesome resource, and I am honored and proud to endorse it!"
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, University of California Irvine; Distinguished Psychologist, Association of Black Psychologists

"This expanded and significantly revised 6th edition of the multicultural counseling field's one true classic text, Counseling the Culturally Diverse, continues its tradition of defining the field and charting a proactive course for training a new decade of counselors and therapists for culturally competent practice in our increasingly culturally diverse and globally interconnected society. Topical coverage is state-of-the-art, comprehensive, and in-depth, and the writing throughout the entire text is crisp, clear, and engaging. If only one book was to be read in an entire master's or doctoral program in counseling or psychology, it should be Counseling the Culturally Diverse."
Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D., Professor and Practicing Multicultural Psychologist Fordham University Co-Editor or Co-Author of Handbook of Multicultural Counseling, Handbook of Multicultural Assessment, Handbook of Racial/Ethnic Minority Counseling Research

About the Author

DERALD WING SUE, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also holds a joint appointment with the School of Social Work. He is one of the most cited multicultural scholars in the United States.

DAVID SUE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and an associate at the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

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Very informative, and easy to read.
M. Cohen
I had to use his 5th edition book for my last class which I failed.
leslie mckinley
This was a required book for one of my counseling classes!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Hooks on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Sue has doubtlessly made significant contributions in the field of modern thought on multicultural issues in America. I recall taking my first course in multiculturalism in 1994 with a Sues book as the primary text. Many years later, he (and counterpart) is now considered a first tier expert. Unfortunately, I have experienced his writing be increasingly ineffective and lacking concern for scientific inquiry and rigor. Much of what he shares is compelling and helpful, however, I find it to be overshadowed by overt cynicism and clear bias. He asserts conclusions as if globally and inherently true, and then supports such conclusions on the most egregious examples of oppressive processes, utilizing selection bias. I perceive his work to be sociopolitical as much as scientific. Therefore, I encourage readers to consider alternative or at least complimentary readings in addition to the popular work by the Sues. Be challenged, enjoy, and approach with healthy skepticism.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George F. Simons on May 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When I was working in my doctoral program in psychology in the mid-1970s, I was stimulated by the growing awareness of the importance of understanding culture and cultural differences if one were to engage in healthy and helpful counseling sessions with those quite different from oneself. At that point in history in California we were hearing horror stories of Latino patients being routinely diagnosed as codependent by practitioners whose individualistic focus was the religion of their trade. The challenge lies in accepting not only the reality of different orientations toward life, but their legitimacy, which in many respects still remains the challenge of doing therapy across cultural divides.

So, I picked up this volume, despite its weight, with great expectations of an abundance of fresh insights into understanding how cultural dynamics in the development of psychological thinking and tools would have progressed in the past 40 years. Needless to say, I was bitterly disappointed. The book is structured around dated intercultural boilerplate, strongly essentialist in nature, and conducive to the stereotyping it constantly protests against, on the part of those who can least afford it, practitioners of therapy. Its rigid dimensionality and political correctness reminded me of my grade school Baltimore Catechism, astonishingly antiquated, unapologetically apodictic, and juicily judgmental. It is full of assumptions and blame, which serve only to heighten the frustrations of ministering to difference. Overall impact? One closes the book with a sense that cultural consciousness serves only to underline the impossibility of a therapist dealing with people unlike themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2013
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Somewhat repetitive. Too much illustrating of points utilizing a), b), c), d). That is distracting to me when reading and this author over utilizes this bullet option.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pete on April 25, 2013
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The table of content in the kindle version is very limited to the main chapters, and moreover, pages are not indexed. So there is no way, and I mean really no way, to go to a specific page or chapter. This results in very poor navigation for a school textbook, especially when paying $60+.

I am updating my previews review after reading further into the book. In the end, the kindle issue is the least of my concerns with this book. It is extremely opinionated and the authors makes hundreds of statements about HIS interpretation of what someone else is saying and blaming that someone for HIS interpretation. I am swiss and in Switzerland many of my best friends were foreigners and of different races, and I feel oppressed by this author. He is treating me like he knows what is going in my head, because I am white. There so many occasions, especially in the microagression section, where the author brings up a fictious statement by someone and concludes that the person really inferred something different. Well that may be in some cases, and so context, tone of voice, is important. But these nuances are left aside in the book. It's a pity because I see it in many americans, there are so many rules as what you should or should not say. Well I am sorry, I believe that the most qualified person for the job should get the job, and when I hire, that's exactly what I do. But based on this book, I am committing a microagression and am a racist. It just so turns out that I hired as many minorities (LGBT, asian, european,..) in the last year as white americans. So the author is actually making a microagression against me, interpreting my statements and tells me what my intent is. Who is he to know so much about me?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Martina on November 19, 2014
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I like to consider myself an open-minded, multi-culturally aware individual at a school of open-minded individuals. This book triggered me like no other textbook I've ever encountered. It's one thing to encourage white people to see beyond their own culture, but another to accuse all white people of having no clue about other cultures. I just couldn't get to the meat of the book because I was too busy pulling my jaw off the ground and trying to put it back in its socket. The white people thing was just one of many instances of this happening. Instructors, PLEASE get a textbook that comes from a perspective that is from this century in which any color or culture of people can be culturally-informed and open-minded.
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