Inclusive Cultural Empathy: Making Relationships Central in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Pages: 300
Item #: 4317133
ISBN: 978-0-9792125-1-2
List Price: $29.95
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Copyright: 2008
Format: Hardcover
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Inclusive Cultural Empathy shows readers how to reach beyond the comfort zone of an individualistic perspective and increase competence in a relationship-centered context. The authors weave their own layered multicultural experiences with procedural, theoretical, and practical lessons to bring readers a model for how they might infuse their own clinical work with inclusion and multicultural sensitivity.

The authors present a broad definition of culture—to include nationality, ethnicity, language, age, gender, socioeconomic status, family roles, and other affiliations—and engage the reader with lively examples and exercises that can be adapted for classroom, supervision groups, or individual use. With this book readers will learn how to help clients explore, discover, and leverage those internalized voices of their "culture teachers" that teach us who we are, how to behave, and how to resolve our problems or find life balance.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits



  1. Traditional and Nontraditional Perspectives on Empathy, Help-Seeking, and Healthy Outcomes
  2. Toward More Inclusive Empathy: A Survey of Relational Worldviews and Alternative Modes of Helping
  3. Defining Inclusive Cultural Empathy
  4. Affective Acceptance: Relating to and Understanding Ourselves and Others
  5. Affective Acceptance: Embracing Inclusion and Developing Empathy
  6. Intellectual Understanding: Race, Gender, Religion, and Spirituality
  7. Intellectual Understanding: Examining Other Key Cultural Identity Constructs
  8. Integral Skills: Hearing Our Culture Teachers Through Empathy
  9. Integral Skills: Microskills for Inclusive Cultural Empathy
  10. Empowerment Applications of Inclusive Cultural Empathy
  11. Conclusion: Developing Multicultural Awareness, Knowledge, and Skill

Appendix A: Guidelines for the Four Synthetic Cultures

Appendix B: Practicing Inclusive Cultural Empathy With Synthetic Cultures


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Author Bios

Paul B. Pedersen, PhD, received his PhD from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. He is professor emeritus in the Department of Human Services at Syracuse University and visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Pedersen's research interest includes multicultural counseling and counselor education and training; international educational exchange and brain drain issues; indigenous psychologies, alternative and complementary therapies; constructive conflict management in a cultural context; and intrapersonal (internal dialogue/self-talk) resources for mental health. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, Syracuse University, University of Alabama at Birmingham and for six years at universities in Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 40 books, 99 articles, and 72 chapters on aspects of multicultural counseling. He is a Fellow in Divisions 9, 17, 45, and 52 of the American Psychological Association.

Hugh C. Crethar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling and Guidance Program of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona. He is on the Executive Board of the National Institute for Multicultural Competence, has served in numerous positions within the American Counseling Association and is the 2007–2008 President of Counselors for Social Justice. His work centers on promoting multicultural competence and advocacy competence in the field of counseling.

Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP, has earned doctorates in counseling and clinical psychology and also holds an advanced certificate in psychotherapy. He is distinguished professor in the Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and director of the Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Dr. Carlson is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds a Diplomate in family psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has authored more than 40 books and 150 professional articles and has developed over 200 commercial and professional videos. He serves as the founding editor of The Family Journal and past president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counseling.