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Culturally Alert Counseling: A 6-DVD Set on Working With African American, Asian, Latino/Latina, Conservative Religious, and Gay/Lesbian Youth Clients

by Garrett McAuliffe and Associates SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
09/2008
ISBN:
9781412970327
Format:
Dvd 63 pages
Price:
AU$375.00 NZ$379.13
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Now, for the first time, counselors have access to a comprehensive set of DVDs on working with diverse clients. Culturally Alert Counseling: Demonstrations of Key Practices With African American, Asian, Latino/Latina, Conservative Religious, and Lesbian/Gay Clients is now available in one boxed set.

The DVDs are guided, explicit demonstrations of how to seamlessly infuse culture into counseling sessions. This is a first-of-its-kind product, one that will be needed as the counseling field embraces all clients from all groups in our society. Above all fields, counseling and psychotherapy require modeling of sessions and skills in realistic settings. Here, eight sessions are conducted with narrative introductions to the central issues for working with each group. Each session has been scripted to highlight the most common topics in each area. Subtitles teach viewers the skills being used as well as the cultural issues that clients are exhibiting. The vignettes were created in consultation with national experts in each area. As an added bonus, the DVD Key Practices in Culturally Alert Counseling is included, which demonstrates more than 20 overall culturally alert counseling skills that can be used immediately by counselors. Viewers can complement the DVDs with readings from accompanying chapters in the book Culturally Alert Counseling: A Comprehensive Introduction.

''The Department of Counseling thanks you for sharing these excellent videos with us. Your video series is a wonderful supplement to your textbook and clearly demonstrates culturally responsive skills in action. This series is a great contribution to the counseling profession.'' –Lorriane Guth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Culturally Alert Counseling: Working With African American Clients
Working with ethnically and racially diverse clients presents counselors with a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Understanding a client’s worldview offers the opportunity to connect and build trust on a deeper level, but it also presents counselors with a challenge to develop the right set of skills unique to their client(s). This DVD presents a carefully illustrated counseling session, which brings out many issues common for working with African American clients. A White male counselor works with an African American professional woman on her adjustment to a new workplace and the challenges of being in an ethnic minority. The session brings out five key topics that can be included in counseling with African Americans: spirituality and religion, family, communication, language, and discrimination. The counselor demonstrates four dimensions of culturally alert counseling that may be important, especially for members of other cultural groups who are working with many African American clients: building trust, acknowledging societal bias, including family and ancestors in the work, and advocating. By viewing the session in its entirety, students and clinicians will benefit from seeing firsthand how the counselor manages the session and uses opportunities to deepen the therapeutic relationship.


Culturally Alert Counseling: Working With Asian Clients
Working with ethnically and racially diverse clients presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Understanding a client’s worldview offers the opportunity to connect and build trust on a deeper level, but it also presents counselors with a challenge to develop the right set of skills unique to their client(s). In this carefully illustrated session, a White counselor helps an East Asian client deal with family and relationship dilemmas. The demonstration highlights issues that many Asian American clients face, such as duty to one’s family, conformity to group norms, obedience to parents and deference to authorities, maintenance of interpersonal harmony—which includes avoidance of confrontation and indirect expression of negative feelings or views—and educational and career achievement. The counselor demonstrates the following skills that might be important in working with Asian clients: taking a solution-focused approach, showing interest in and knowledge of the client’s culture, giving self-disclosure about previous successes, and including the place of the family in discussion of individual concerns. The session is tightly scripted to highlight key elements in culturally alert counseling with this group. By viewing the session in its entirety, students and clinicians will benefit from seeing firsthand how the counselor manages the session and uses opportunities to deepen the therapeutic relationship.

Culturally Alert Counseling: Working With Conservative Religious Clients
For many clients, religion is a central aspect of their lives. Counselors must know how to support and challenge clients in a helpful way by incorporating religion into counseling in a useful way. This breakthrough DVD illustrates key issues in the important but often-ignored area of working with religious issues in counseling. In this session, a counselor helps a conservative Christian woman incorporate her faith into the solution to her family and relationship dilemma. The DVD demonstrates many of the following issues in working with religious clients: showing respect for the client’s faith, having some knowledge of that faith tradition, assessing the role and importance of the client’s faith, establishing trust, and reinterpreting religious understandings. By viewing the session in its entirety, students and clinicians will benefit from seeing firsthand how the counselor manages the session and uses opportunities to deepen the therapeutic relationship.

Culturally Alert Counseling: Working With Latino/Latina Clients
Latino/Latina clients share many characteristics while, of course, being diverse among themselves. In this DVD, a White female counselor works with a Latino/Latina couple with alertness to some issues common to traditional Latino/Latina culture. The counselor sensitively accounts for cultural dimensions such as familismo, respeto, simpatia, and defined gender roles in this session. The DVD illustrates culturally alert counseling skills that might be important in working with Latino/Latina clients, such as focusing on the present, taking a problem-solving orientation, including family in the process, acknowledging the family hierarchy, and adapting language. The session uses graphics and narrative voiceover to teach counselors how to be effective with Latino/Latina clients. By viewing the session in its entirety, students and clinicians will benefit from seeing firsthand how the counselor manages the session and uses opportunities to deepen the therapeutic relationship.

Culturally Alert Counseling: Working With Gay/Lesbian Youth Clients
The importance of sensitive, proactive counseling work with members of sexual minorities cannot be overemphasized. Counselors must be prepared to work with the unique and universal issues that lesbian and gay youth face. In these six highly illustrated sessions, counselors gently help clients become themselves at two stages in the coming out process: coming out to self and coming out to others. The issues of those two stages are presented in graphics, followed by sessions that illustrate each issue. This is a must-see demonstration for all counselors. By viewing the session in its entirety, students and clinicians will benefit from seeing firsthand how the counselor manages the session and uses opportunities to deepen the therapeutic relationship.


Culturally Alert Counseling: A Demonstration of Skills
For the first time, more than 20 key practices for incorporating culture into counseling work are illustrated in one place. The DVD is organized into the three important topics of culturally alert accessibility, assessment, and intervention. Counselors demonstrate each of the subskills in this highly illustrated, fast-paced DVD. Narrator voiceover, subtitles, and segments of sessions leave the viewer with a complete view of how to bring culture into the counseling room and beyond. This is necessary viewing for ethical practice in the 21st century.
Garrett McAuliffe has worked as a counselor educator, counselor, and school teacher for over 35 years. His commitments have always included ensuring equity in society and teaching so that learners might be empowered. Toward those ends, he has taught in the public schools of New York City and counseled on the community college and university levels in Massachusetts, where he also served as the Director of Learning Assistance Programs at Greenfield Community College. Since 1988, he has been a counselor educator at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His work has been dedicated to improving the lives of all learners. He is the grandchild of Irish immigrants. He grew up in a tightly connected extended family in a multi-ethnic neighborhood in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in English Literature, with Highest Honors, from Queens College of the City University of New York, in 1971. He was named to Phi Beta Kappa for his academic performance at Queens College in 1971. He took from his undergraduate education both a love of ideas and words as well as a desire to turn ideas into social and personal change actions. Toward that end, he pursued his graduate counseling studies at the University at Albany and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving his doctorate in 1985. In his time at Old Dominion University he has produced five books, over forty articles, over 25 book chapters, and two training videos. His great love continues to be teaching, in all of its forms.