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Counseling Across Cultures

Counseling Across Cultures

Seventh Edition
Edited by:

January 2015 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
  • The book is edited by pioneers in the field who helped found the multicultural movement in the 1980s.
  • A useful five-part, 24-chapter format provides balanced coverage.
  • Broad coverage explores a wide range of topics, from spirituality in counseling across cultures to culturally appropriate counseling interventions with diverse client populations.
  • Critical Incidents (expanded cases) offer students the opportunity to analyze and think critically about a variety of cultural situations.
Part I: Essential Components of Cross-Cultural Counseling
Paul B. Pedersen & Mark Pope
Chapter 1: Toward Effectiveness Through Empathy
Juris G. Draguns
Chapter 2: Counseling Encounters in Multicultural Contexts: An Introduction
Walter J. Lonner
Chapter 3: Assessment of Persons in Cross-Cultural Counseling
Timothy B. Smith, Alberto Soto & Derek Griner
Multicultural Counseling Foundations: A Synthesis of Research Findings on Selected Topics
Part II: Ethnocultural Contexts and Cross-Cultural Counseling
John Gonzalez & Joseph E. Trimble
Chapter 5: Counseling North American Indigenous Peoples
Frederick T. L. Leong, D. John Lee, & Zornitsa Kalibatseva
Chapter 6: Counseling Asian Americans: Client and Therapist Variables
Ivory Achebe Toldson, Kelechi C. Anyanwu, & Casilda Maxwell
Chapter 7: Counseling Persons of Black African Ancestry
J. Manuel Casas, A. Pati Cabrera, & Melba J. T. Vasquez
Chapter 8: ¡Adelante! Counseling the Latina/o from Guiding Theory to Practice
Marwan Dwairy & Fatimah El-Jamil
Chapter 9: Counseling Muslim and Arab Clients
Part III: Counseling Issues in Broadly-Defined Cultural Categories
Michi Fu, Joe Nee & Yin-Chen Shen
Chapter 10: Gender, Sexism, Heterosexism and Privilege across Cultures
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Melissa Donovick, & Kee J.E. Straits
Chapter 11: Counseling the Marginalized
Cheryl Holcomb McCoy & Ileana Gonzalez
Chapter 12: Counseling in Schools: Issues and Practice
Eliza A. Dragowski & María R. Scharrón del-Rio
Chapter 13: Reflective Clinical Practice with People of Marginalized Sexual Identities
Part IV: Counseling Individuals in Transitional, Traumatic, or Emergent Situations
Nancy Arthur
Chapter 14: Counseling International Students in the Context of Cross-Cultural Transitions
Fred Bemak & Rita Chi-Ying Chung
Chapter 15: Counseling Immigrants and Refugees
Beth Boyd
Chapter 16: Counseling Survivors of Disaster
Laura Smith & Melanie E. Brewster
Chapter 17: Counseling in the Context of Poverty
Jaimee Stuart & Colleen Ward
Chapter 18: The Ecology of Acculturation: Implications for Counseling Across Cultures
Part V: Professional Counseling in a Selection of Culture-Mediated Human Conditions and Circumstances
Daisy R. Singla & Frances Aboud
Chapter 19: Health Psychology and Cultural Competence
James Allen, Jordan Lewis, & Michelle Johnson-Jennings
Chapter 20: Well-being and Health
Guillermo Bernal, Jennifer Morales-Cruz, & Keishalee Gómez-Arroyo
Chapter 21: Family Counseling and Therapy with Diverse Ethnocultural Groups
Mary A. Fukuyama & Ana Puig
Chapter 22: Religion, Spirituality and Culture-Oriented Counseling
Lisa Rey Thomas & Dennis M. Donovan
Chapter 23: Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Health Promotion in Cross-Cultural Counseling
Mary B. McRae
Chapter 24: Group Dynamics in a Multicultural World


Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank, is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Author-created, chapter-specific case studies provide opportunities for readers to analyze applied situations.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material
  • Case studies and discussion questions help students apply chapter principles

This book provides an excellent guide to an in depth reflexion about a big diversity of cultural dimensions that can impact counselling practice. Very important reference in this multicultural societies that we live nowadays.

Dr florbela Teixeira Soares
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
October 20, 2020

As we live in a multi-cultural society this is a fantastic book opening knowledge on the way counselling is undertaken in a variety of cultures and settings.

Miss Sam Ford
Psychology, Southend Adult Community College
January 29, 2020

Did not receive this publication, therefore, am unable to write a review.

Mr Richard Carroll
Department of Counselling, Guildford College
November 22, 2017

I really enjoy this book. It is extremely detailed and an easy read. I strongly recommend this book.

Dr Malik Raheem
Counseling/Special Ed Dept, California State Univ-Fresno
September 21, 2017

'Counseling across cultures' is a contemporary exploration into cultural issues which may affect counselling. This is one of the best books available for students studying counselling or counsellors in practice in reference to counselling and culture.

Ms Victoria Louise Booth
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
November 15, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 7

Paul B. Pedersen

Paul B. Pedersen is a visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and professor emeritus at Syracuse University. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and for six years at universities in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Pedersen was also on the summer school faculty at Harvard University, 1984-988 and the University of Pittsburgh “semester at sea” voyage around the world, spring 1992. International experience includes numerous consulting experiences in Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and Europe, and a Senior Fulbright award teaching at National Taiwan... More About Author

Walter J. Lonner

Walter J. Lonner, professor emeritus of psychology, Western Washington University, is a charter member, past president, and honorary fellow of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP). Lonner has been involved with about 40 books featuring various topics in psychology and culture, including the seminal six-volume Handbook of Cross-Cultural Psychology (1980). For 25 years he was co-editor (with John Berry) of the SAGE book series, Cross-Cultural Research and Methodology. In 1969 Lonner co-founded the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at (then) Western Washington State College. He is founding and special issues... More About Author

Juris G. Draguns

Juris G. Draguns was born in Latvia, completed primary schooling in his native country, graduated from high school in Germany, and obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United States. His PhD in clinical psychology is from the University of Rochester. In 1997 he retired from Pennsylvania State University as professor emeritus of psychology. Draguns has taught and lectured, in five languages, at the University of Mainz in Germany; Lund University in Sweden; East-West Center in Hawaii; Flinders University of South Australia; National Taiwan University in Taipei, University of the Americas-Puebla in Cholula, Mexico;... More About Author

Joseph E. Trimble

Joseph E. Trimble, a distinguished university professor and professor of psychology at Western Washington University, is a president’s professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has written over 140 publications on multicultural topics in psychology, including 19 books. Trimble’s excellence in teaching and research awards for his work in the field of multicultural psychology include: the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Professional Psychology; the Distinguished Elder Award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit; the Henry Tomes Award for... More About Author

Maria R. Scharron-del Rio

María R. Scharrón-del Río is an associate professor and the program coordinator of the School Counseling Program in the Department of School Psychology, Counseling, and Leadership (SPCL) at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and completed her clinical internship at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. After moving to New York City, Scharrón-del Río worked as a child psychologist at the Washington Heights Family Health Center, a primary-care clinic that serves a predominantly Latino/a immigrant community. She is an active... More About Author

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