Multicultural Perspectives in Working with Families: Second Edition

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Elaine P. Congress, DSW, Manny J. Gonzalez, DSW
Springer Publishing Company, Apr 15, 2005 - Social Science - 496 pages
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In second edition, social work and mental health students and practitioners across the full spectrum of social service settings gain essential knowledge into cutting edge issues in the assessment and treatment of families from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Fully revised, with a full third of the book completely rewritten and each chapter significantly updated, the editors bring together the latest in multicultural family research and new and improved macro and micro ways of understanding and respecting the needs of new immigrants and diverse populations. Included is an important revision of Dr. Congress's essential assessment technique, the culturagram.

New and updated chapters provide evidence-based and specialized perspectives, including:
  • Handling post 9/11 complications for immigrants and refugees
  • culturally sensitive treatment ideas for Arab-American families
  • Working from an Afrocentric perspective
  • Understanding the needs of the new Russian, Asian, and Hispanic immigrants
  • Helping diverse HIV-affected families
  • Impact of ethnicity on incest treatments
  • Suicide attempts with adolescents
  • Importance of spirituality

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Elaine P. Congress, MSW, DSW, is Associate Dean and Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in New York City. She has also served as Director of the Doctoral Program there. Dr. Congress has written extensively in the areas of cultural diversity, social work ethics, and social work education, including 3 books and over 30 professional journal articles and book chapters. She has presented on cultural diversity and social work ethics at national and international conferences in the United States, Europe, and Australia. She developed the "culturagram", a tool for assessing and working with culturally diverse families. Dr. Congress serves on the United Nations (UN) Team for the International Federation of Social workers (IFSW) and is a past president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Before entering academia, she was a practitioner, supervisor, and administrator in a community mental health program.

Manny J. Gonzalez, DSW, is an Assistant Professor and chair of the clinical concentration area at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has practiced in primary health care centers, teaching hospitals, school-based mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, and community mental health centers, providing clinical services to patients of various immigrant and ethnic/racial minority backgrounds. Dr. Gonzalez has published articles and chapters on mental health practice with Hispanic immigrants and refugees, Hispanics and community health outreach, urban children, and evidence-based practice. He is co-editor (together with Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos, PhD) of "Mental Health Care for New Hispanic Immigrants: Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Clinical Practice", on the psychosocial treatment of new Hispanic preadolescents and the mental health outcomes of abused and neglected children. He maintains a private practice in New York City.

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