Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies
Buy Rights Online Buy Rights

Rights Contact Login For More Details

More About This Title Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies



Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competencies draws together an expert group of contributors who provide a wide range of viewpoints and personal experiences to explore the identification and development of specific competencies necessary to work effectively with an increasingly diverse population. Beginning with a Foreword by Derald Wing Sue, this unique handbook offers a broad, comprehensive view of multiculturalism that is inclusive and reflective. The coverage in this important book lies beyond the scope of traditionally defined multiculturalism, with discussion of historically overlooked groups that have experienced prejudice and bias because of their size, social class, age, language, disability, or sexual orientation.

This book provides readers with:

  • Practical cases and examples to enhance skill development, promote critical thinking, and increase awareness
  • A cross-section of diversity characteristics and best practice guidelines
  • Examination of detailed, developmentally relevant competency categories
  • Resources and exercises designed for practitioners at various levels of experience and expertise
  • A forum for debate, discussion, and growth

Designed to help readers enhance general multicultural competency and their ability to provide services to the populations specifically described, this thought-provoking text will prove useful in facilitating ongoing dialogues about multicultural competence in all its variations.


Jennifer A. Erickson Cornish, PHD, ABPP, is Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Barry A. Schreier, PHD, is the Director of Counseling and Mental Health Services at the University of Connecticut.

Lavita I. Nadkarni, PHD, is the Director of Forensic Studies at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and is currently licensed as a clinical psychologist in New York and Colorado.

Lynett Henderson Metzger, JD, PSYD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology and maintains a small private psychotherapy practice.

Emil R. Rodolfa, PHD, is the Director of the University of California, Davis, Counseling and Psychological Services.


Foreword (Derald Wing Sue).


Chapter 1 An Overview of Multicultural Counseling Competencies (Lynett L. Henderson Metzger, Lavita I. Nadkarni, and Jennifer A. Erickson Cornish).

Chapter 2 The Competent Treatment of the Diverse Older Adults (Carmen Inoa Vazquez).

Chapter 3 Disability: Multiple and Intersecting Identities-Developing Multicultural Competencies (Barbara J. Palombi).

Chapter 4 Broaching Ethnicity Competently in Therapy (Delida Sanchez, Alicia del Prado, and Claytie Davis III).

Chapter 5 Clinical Competencies in Working with Immigrant Communities (Arpana G. Inman and Pratyusha Tummala-Narra).

Chapter 6 Competency with Linguistically Diverse Populations (Henrietta Pazos and Lavita I. Nadkarni).

Chapter 7 Psychotherapy with Men: Building Practice Competencies (Mark Stevens and Matt Englar-Carlson).

Chapter 8 Developing Multicultural Competency in Clinical Work with People of Mixed Ancestry (Aisha Dixon-Peters).

Chapter 9 Becoming a Racially Competent Therapist (Delida Sanchez and Claytie Davis III).

Chapter 10 Competencies for Working with Sexual Orientation and Multiple Cultural Identities (Barry A. Schreier and Kim Dudley Lassiter).

Chapter 11 Sizeism: An Unrecognized Prejudice (Roki Abakoui and Rosemary E. Simmons).

Chapter 12 Developing Competency in Social Class and Classism in Counseling and Psychotherapy (William Ming Liu, Julie Corkery, and Jenni Thome).

Chapter 13 Developing Competency in Spiritual and Religious Aspects of Counseling (Julie Savage and Sarah Armstrong).

Chapter 14 Counseling Competency with Transgender and Intersex Persons (Annelise A. Singh, Cynthia J. Boyd, and Joy S. Whitman).

Chapter 15 Developing Competency with White Identity and Privilege (Jeana L. Dressel, Shelly Kerr, and Harold B. Steven).

Chapter 16 Counseling Competencies with Women: Understanding Gender in the Context of Multiple Dimensions of Identity (Rebekah Smart).

Contributors' Photographs and Brief Biographies.

Author Index.

Subject Index.