When Don't Know CrossCult - RonaldMah

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
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When You Don't Know- Theoretical Foundations for Cross-Cultural Therapy
including experiential activities
to examine areas of diverse cultural expression

Clients come from diverse cultural backgrounds that may not reflect a therapist’s own background. Despite caring, commitment and integrity, therapists are often NOT culturally clinically prepared for sound practice.

This presentation teaches powerful theoretical foundations (not solely knowledge based) to promote successful cross-cultural therapeutic processes, even if the therapist is unfamiliar with clients' cultural values.

Common theoretical approaches will be examined to reveal their cross-cultural and multi-cultural therapy roots, including connections w/ systemic theories and cross-cultural theory.  

Five common problematic approaches will be examined, including those that lead to advanced stereotyping (potentially simplistic), divisive moralizing, recriminations, guilt, and hatred—the very antitheses of successful therapy. Participants will be led through an experiential "quiz" that will simultaneously reveal, facilitate deeper understanding of, allow proper "use" of, and yet will free therapists and clients (individuals and families) from many common cultural stereotypes.

3056 Castro Valley Blvd., #82
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
office: (510) 582-5788
fax: (510) 889-6553
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