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Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing [Kindle Edition]

Uwe P. Gielen , Jefferson M. Fish , Juris G. Draguns

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  • Print ISBN-10: 0805849246
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0805849240
  • Edition: 1
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Book Description

Emotional, as well as physical distress, is a heritage from our hominid ancestors; it has been experienced by every group of human beings since our emergence as a species. And every known culture has developed systems of conceptualization and intervention for addressing it.

The editors have brought together leading psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, and others to consider the interaction of psychosocial, biological, and cultural variables as they influence the assessment of health and illness and the course of therapy. The volume includes broadly conceived theoretical and survey chapters; detailed descriptions of specific healing traditions in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Arab world.

The Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing is a unique resource, containing information about Western therapies practiced in non-Western cultures, non-Western therapies practiced both in their own context and in the West.

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Readers should be forewarned: this is not a mainstream multicultural counseling psychology handbook organized around how to treat various American cultural backgrounds (African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, etc.) Rather, the book focuses, quite admirably, on the general cultural influences in therapeutic situations. As such, it will be particularly valuable to those interested in multicultural and cross-cultural work. Highly recommended.


The Handbook should serve as a valuable resource for health care professionals, particularly those who work (or wish to work) with ethnic clients and in other countries. It could serve as a main textbook in a graduate-level course in cross-cultural psychology, or as an adjuctive text in courses on psychopathology and psychotherapy.

This book would be valuable for students, clinicians, and policy makers who work with clients ranging from refugees to second-generation immigrant children to persons who seem to be of one's own culture but in fact have clinically significant cultural differences. The book would be enlightening as an introduction, although also intriguing for those with more experience.
Psychiatric Services

This extremely well-written book explores the ways that psychotherapy relieves mental and physical distress in a wide range of cultures throughout the world and, in so doing, makes a significant contribution to the literature by enhancing therapists' theoretical understanding, appreciation, and clinical practice related to the critically important role of culture  in the therapeutic alliance.
Multicultural Review

This book provides a broad overview of Western and non-Western healing, psychotherapeutic traditions, and counseling traditions as these span the divide between psychosocial, anthropological, medical, and religious approaches.
Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge

Product Details

  • File Size: 3515 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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