A leading text for courses that go beyond the basics of family systems theory, intervention techniques, and diversity, this influential work has now been significantly revised with 65% new material. The volume explores how family relationships—and therapy itself—are profoundly shaped by race, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other intersecting dimensions of marginalization and privilege. Chapters from leading experts guide the practitioner to challenge assumptions about family health and pathology, understand the psychosocial impact of oppression, and tap into clients' cultural resources for healing. Practical clinical strategies are interwoven with theoretical insights, case examples, training ideas, and therapists' reflections on their own cultural and family legacies.
New to This Edition
• Existing chapters have been thoroughly updated and 21 chapters added, expanding the perspectives in the book.
• Reflects over a decade of theoretical and clinical advances and the growing diversity of the United States.
• New sections on re-visioning clinical research, trauma and psychological homelessness, and larger systems.
“This volume offers crucial and immensely practical insights for promoting diversity competence among clinicians. I am grateful to be able to use the third edition in my courses and training seminars on couple and family therapy, as the contributors integrate textured intersectional perspectives with self-of-the-therapist transparency and clinical wisdom. We desperately need many more clinicians who embody a measure of the diversity knowledge, awareness, and skill revealed in this volume. This is a book I will repeatedly study and one that is informing my own diversity competence growth plan.”
—Steven J. Sandage, PhD, LP, Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute, Boston University
“Giving the student, therapist, and supervisor access to a diverse range of clinical voices, this text maps the terrain of culture, privilege, oppression, and resilience. In the third edition, McGoldrick and Hardy have brought together stellar contributors to encourage an ever-expanding dialogue. By situating lived experience as a valid starting point for systemic reflection, this book widens the scope of what may be considered evidence of strength, marks of oppression, and signs of overcoming in family relationships. It guides us to notice and draw from the rich personal and systemic wells that influence the therapeutic conversation and compel us to pursue societal change.”
—Sharon Y. Ramsay, MDiv, RP, RMFT, private practice, Toronto, Canada
“Without candy-coating the social injustices witnessed in our daily newsfeeds, this classic work invites hope for the next generation of therapists and the families they serve. The third edition reminds us that transformation must touch every level of human interaction; in particular, lessons of intersectionality abound, with the caution not to silo people into simple categories. New and revised chapters come from cutting-edge thinkers who communicate clinical wisdom in sociocultural contexts, often through the power of personal story. Suitable for graduate-level courses, this text makes a significant contribution.”
—Claudia Grauf-Grounds, PhD, LMFT, Professor Emerita, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University
“This essential volume highlights the critical intersection of family therapy and culture. I find the emphasis on sociocultural trauma in the third edition to be especially relevant to our times. Family therapists and those in training will benefit tremendously from this timely update.”
—Ling Lam, PhD, lecturer, Counseling Psychology Department, Santa Clara University
About the Editors:
Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), is Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her videos on clinical work with diverse families are among the most widely respected in the field. Her numerous books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, and Re-Visioning Family Therapy, Third Edition. Ms. McGoldrick has received the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. An internationally known author, she has lectured around the world on culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, loss, and other topics.
Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, is Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. He is also President and Founder of the Eikenberg Academy of Social Justice. Dr. Hardy is a recipient of honors including the Distinguished Contribution to Marriage and Family Counseling Award from the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors and the Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. He maintains a private practice in New York City specializing in family therapy.