Workshop 38 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 2005 - Culture, Context and Connections: Transforming Life Narratives
Featuring Monica McGoldrick, PhD
This workshop will explore the impact of gender, culture, class and race on our clinical practice, and describe techniques for working with clients who are culturally different from ourselves. The workshop will consider the relevance of cultural differences for families even many generations beyond immigration. The issue of stereotyping and emphasizing that everyone is ethnic will be dealt with, rather than approaching culture by focusing on the exotic, esoteric or different characteristics of minorities and new immigrant groups. Professor McGoldrick will demonstrate the use of genograms and family play to address cultural, racial and spiritual legacies and patterns in clinical assessment and intervention -- drawing them, interpreting them and applying them therapeutically.
Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, NJ. Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Received the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy and Practice. Known internationally for her contributions to family therapy, best-selling books (including You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting With Your Family), as well as her unique gifts as a lecturer, has influenced an entire generation of students and therapists. Her latest book, Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture and Gender in Clinical Practice, lays out the possibilities of revisioning family therapy for the culturally diverse 21st century.
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