Diversity, Oppression, and Social Functioning: Person-in-environment Assessment and Intervention

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2007 - Psychology - 334 pages

Using the “Person-In-Environment” (PIE) theoretical framework, this diversity practice text teaches students how to think about their personal reactions and assumptions about diversity and what constitutes cultural competent “assessment” and “intervention” when working with a broad range of diverse populations.


The diverse populations presented in the text are described within an ecological, strengths perspective. The authors’ thesis is that, in order to work effectively with diverse populations, it is necessary to take into consideration the complex dynamics of social functioning and social oppression. The “Person-In-Environment” theoretical framework provides a basis for analysis of the social, economic, and political reality of these diverse populations. The text presents an affirmative practice approach and builds on the available diversity practice literature.


This text can be used in diversity practice courses, courses on working with oppressed populations, and other practice courses (such as advanced practice) that focus on diversity issues.

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Julie Hamilton is an intuitive therapist, columnist, author, and TV presenter. She has been the Destiny Editor for Woman's Day - the biggest national weekly magazine in the country and the Editor of a national magazine for children aged 8-12 years. She has also been a regular guest on both 2DAYFM and NOVA radio. Currently you can read her blog and features for Woman's Weekly online magazine. Julie works extensively with children, teenagers and adults, one-on-one and in seminar, as an intuitive therapist, to help them uncover their personal passion, so they can live their dreams, build their self esteem, explore their creativity and achieve their highest potential. She believes that being able to access our inherent intuition is the key to personal happiness and fulfillment, and that we can teach ourselves and our kids how to do this by using simple techniques. As a journalist and a health professional she has written about children, families and the issues they face for eight years in three best-selling publications including, Australia's Parents, Mother & Baby and Practical Parenting magazine. When she's not writing, teaching or speaking, Julie looks after her greatest inspiration, her two beautiful and very noisy boys.

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