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Building Multicultural Competency : Development, Training and Practice
Edited by Joseph L. White and Sheila J. Henderson
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Hardcover / Jul 2008
9780742564206 (ISBN-10: 0742564207)
Transcultural / Multicultural Issues
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226 pages
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Currently, the mental health workforce is neither trained nor staffed in a way that appropriately addresses the essential needs of the growing multicultural population. This must change. The 21st century requires an innovative paradigm in multicultural psychology in order to improve the standard for mental health professionals.

Building Multicultural Competency answers this need by providing a new Multiracial/Multiethnic/Multicultural Competency Building Model—a model that, in great detail, provides relevant solutions to this growing problem. This book will supply individuals, students, professionals, educators, and administrators who are involved in the field of psychology with a map on how to build the multicultural competency skills that will allow them to function cross-culturally. The resolutions are personally enriching, helpful to diverse peoples, and influential to other individuals, groups, and institutions.

Contributions by Evelinn A. Borrayo; Anne Chan; Ngwarsungu Chiwengo; Kevin Cokley; Patricia A. Fleming; Lisa Y. Flores; G H. Grandbois; Paul P. Heppner; Erika L. Kirby; Shamin Ladhani; Jeanne E. Manese; Camille Motley; Helen A. Neville; Thomas A. Parham; William D. Parham; Samuel S. Park; Carlton W. Parks Jr; Nima Patel; John Pierce; John E. Queener; Shannon D. Smith; Mary Ann Takemoto and Ashton W. Welch


This book is a must-read for students and professionals. Some of the most influential scholars and educators in the field talk honestly about ways to train multiculturally competent psychologists at all levels. The contributors talk about the challenges, but more critically, discuss concrete ways to train psychologistst as practitioners and scholars. Joe White and Sheila Henderson have indeed, provided a book of promising practices in multicultural training. But the real paradigm shift is that, as a whole collection, the editors of this book are creating institutional change.
— Nadya A. Fouad, Department of Educational Psychology, UW-Milwaukee

Psychology's interest in multicultural competence is truly historic. White and Henderson have assembled a pioneering group of leaders who offer a model and vision of a more inclusive psychology that brings benefit to those who have been ignored for far too long.
— David B. Baker, Margaret Clark Morgan Director, Archives of the History of American Psychology, The University of Akron

This outstanding book presents an integrative model for multicultural competency development. It captures the personal and institutional challenges and the lessons learned in the implementation of multicultural programs and initiatives at universities, training programs, counseling centers, and internships. One very unique feature of this book is its emphasis on the importance of mentoring the next generation of ethnic minority students and its discussion of cross-cultural mentoring. This pioneering book provides the roadmap to help all of us to have the challenging dialogues that contribute to multicultural understanding.
— Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Rutgers University

In Building Multicultural Competency, White and Henderson provide an excellent roadmap for the future of training American mental health professionals in the discipline of psychology. The book lays out where mental health training has been, where it is now, and how to get to where we need to be in order to have a profession that is marked by justice and equity. White and Henderson delineate the background of cultural trauma and then beautifully articulate a new model of training that they call the Multiracial/Multiethnic/Multicultural Competency Building Model. Their chapters are followed by examples of training in various university and institutional settings and by brief chapters on some of the core issues that continue to be important: resistance, mentoring, and training the next generation. Chapter authors express both successes and continuing challenges, which actually help balance the book and keep it from being overly optimistic and simplistic.
— Wade E. Pickren

Honest and open discussion of difficult issues.... This 'how-to' resource provides guidance when it comes to teaching multicultural issues and diversity...highly recommend it to all instructors.
— Stephanie J. Waterman; Counseling Today

Over the years I have discovered that when struggling with a big question answers to consider always appear. Such was the case when determining how to most authentically teach and learn about multiculturalism, one of the cornerstones of our new College. For me Promising Practices in Multicultural Competency Training came right on time with the perfect information! White and Henderson have thoughtfully compiled for both new and older voyagers, a comprehensive guide for journeying into the world of multiculturalism- from concept to practice.
— Darlyne Bailey, Dean, Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

About the Editors:

Joseph L. White, PhD, is professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor, and director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs.

Sheila J. Henderson, MBA, Ph.D., is associate director for I-MERIT (International and Multicultural Education Research Intervention and Training) and visiting associate professor in the California School of Professional Psychology, both at Alliant International University. She is also a Hans Sauer Research Fellow at the University of Humboldt, Berlin, Germany, an editorial board member for the Journal of Career Development, and a California licensed counseling psychologist in San Francisco.

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