Multicultural Aspects of Disabilities: A Guide to Understanding and Assisting Minorities in the Rehabilitatiion Process
This book is an effort to bring to the attention of helping professionals the need to give significant consideration to cultural factors in their efforts to develop effective rehabilitation plans for persons of color with disabilities. This book goes beyond increasing awareness by offering information with regard to intervention strategies. It is hoped that this book will assist helping professionals become better acquainted with the impact that culture has on the client and the impact it will have in the helping process. This second edition continues the theme of providing information with regard to factors that impact the lives of racial/ethnic minorities as well as women and the elderly in America. The book is divided into four parts: Culture and Multicultural-ism, Disability, Disabilities and Multiculturalism, and Helping. In addition to updating information that was presented in the first edition, the section on "Helping" provides considerable new information with regard to methods of assisting minorities with disabilities. The three new chapters in this section are respectively titled "The Helping Relationship," "Individual Therapies," and "Family Counseling." The discussion of these chapters further emphasizes the fact that helping professionals must be aware of the variable of culture in implementing these helping tools. Also, a new chapter on "Religion" has been included to assist professionals in considering their clients' religious beliefs when assisting them. This new edition will make the text a more complete discussion of cultural information needed by professional helpers in their efforts to assist multicultural persons in the rehabilitation process.
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