Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice
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Completely updated, the most widely used and critically acclaimed text on multicultural counseling, Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition offers students and professionals essential and thought-provoking material on the theory, research, and practice of multicultural counseling.

Authors Derald Wing Sue and David Suea??pioneers in this fielda??define and analyze the meaning of diversity and multiculturalism and include coverage of racial/ethnic minority groups as well as multiracial individuals, women, gays and lesbians, the elderly, and those with disabilities. The Fifth Edition of this classic resource introduces new research and concepts, discusses future directions in the field, and includes updated references.

New and important highlights include:

  • Opening personal narratives in Chapter 1 that present poignant journeys in cultural competence
  • Cutting-edge material related to the most recent research, theoretical formulations, and practice implications
  • Discussion of unconscious and subtle manifestations of racial, gender, and sexual orientation bias and discriminationknown as microaggressions
  • Coverage of social justice counseling
  • Content on minority group therapists
  • Attention to counseling and special circumstances involving racial/ethnic populations
With its unique conceptual framework for multicultural therapy, Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition remains the best source of real-world counseling preparation for students as well as the most enlightened, influential guide for professionals.

Customer Reviews:

  • Interesting
    This book provides the reader with an immense of knowledge relating to counseling multicultural clients. It makes the reader understand the bias that he or she may be have against clients. Great book!...more info
  • Perfect
    This product came in a timely manner, was in perfect condition, and had a great price. ...more info
  • Multi-cultural counseling resource
    I had to order this book for a college class. Expecting a dull text I was pleased to find a valuable resource. The book gives a good general and overall foundation to the process of becoming a culturally competent counselor. ...more info
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse
    This is an excellent textbook. Had I not already spent time working in food kitchens and homeless shelters, I might have found this book offensive as a white, privileged, American male. For that reason, I really think the authors should rethink the placement of their chapter on social justice. Understanding the need for social justice is key to this book. In my opinion, this chapter should follow the introduction where the authors take great pains to explain their approach and beg the reader not to be offended by the lived reality of numerous Americans. They plead with the reader to read these chapters through the eyes of someone who has suffered through life at the mercy of the status quo. The individual chapters that address the specific needs of each and every minority group are excellent. Counseling ethics are very clear about the counselor knowing thyself so that his/her biases will not interfere with the counseling relationship. An effective counselor is required to question his/her own personal limits in working with a diverse client; while knowing when to refer the client to another counselor. At the same time, the counselor should always be challenged to grow so that s/he might may continue to widen his/her boundaries of service to humanity....more info
  • biased, not empirically sound
    Overall I would not recommend this book, particularly since there are others out there that I find more useful and reputable (I definitely recommend Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations by Vacc, DeVaney and Brendel). This book is not worthless. Like all multicultural counseling books, it challenges one to introspect and look more deeply into prejudices, biases, stereotypes, etc., that affect the counseling relationship, which is useful. However, the authors (as other reviewers have noted in chorus) do appear to have some pretty deeply held prejudices about multiple cultural groups, particularly Euro-Americans; they frankly appear to have a lot of anger toward Euro-Americans. They also appear to have some major misconceptions about some theoretical orientations, such as psychodynamic therapy (of which there are too many varied forms to even make conclusions about in the first place).

    The book is full of contradiction that often leaves the reader feeling back at square one, and too many of the examples they use for discussion purposes in each chapter are focused on youth populations (<18 years old), which is not helpful for therapists working with young adults or adults. There is also an exorbitant amount of redundancy that leaves the reader feeling bored. I was also frustrated with their clinical recommendations for each ethnic/racial group, which were presented in very stereotypical and black/white terms, instead of allowing for variation within ethnic/racial groups.

    Perhaps worst of all, too many of the "facts" they present turn out to be supported by 1) no research at all (i.e. no citation is offered), 2) "research" that is not empirical (such as books, which are considered "secondary sources" and are often just someone else's opinion), 3) research that is not empirically-sound (such as observation, interview, or other qualitative research that is not clearly empirically rigorous or is outdated, or 4) (worst of all but all too common in this text) citations reference an outdated book (from 1970s or 80s), which in turn references an even more outdated research article (from 1950s or 60s).

    This is simply unacceptable. To be a reputable resource, the great majority of citations need to be from recent research that is empirically sound (whether qualitative or quantitative). This book just doesn't make the cut.

    p.s. despite the plethora of negative reviews this book has received, your course instructor may be compelled to use it, since (as is common with texts) Sue & Sue are sending out free copies to everyone and their brother. I would strongly urge your course instructor (if you are a student) to consider using a different text....more info
    Well written, covers a broad range of ideas and topics. An excellent resource for Multicultural Therapy. The language is simple yet comprehensive, easy to read but informative.
    Buy it!...more info
  • They meant well
    It is sad that the book used by so many schools to introduce therapists to the subject of cultural diversity is a collection of generalized stereotypes. The first few chapters are dedicated to showing white people how wrong, misguided, and privileged they are. They group all white people into one defined category of unintentionally delusional racists. Their argument is that psychotherapy, in its current state, works for white people and not other minorities. Though, in some aspects, this may be true, their tone implies that this is because the creators were racist. What the Sues fail to point out is that the creators were not necessarily racist, they were white, they knew about white culture, and developed theories based on their experiences. It is my hope that the Sues will change the tone of their book before its next printing as it can turn away people who do not feel like defending themselves against their stereotypes. If you have not been assigned this book for a class, you may be better off reading something else until the Sues are able to let go of their own racist biases. ...more info
  • Biased work written by blatantly angry people
    Sue and Sue are generally objective, comprehensive individuals, but this book was utterly antithetical to their usual work. This book is blatantly anti-white as oppossed to multiculturally sensitive. The authors focused on a select few minority groups and their issues rather than identifying other minority groups that are in need (i.e. Eastern Europeans, Same-sex, etc.). This could have been accomplished had they done away with the multiple chapters dedicated to griping about the biased majority/white males.

    As flawed as it is, it does have some upsides. The latter chapters that deal with particular cultural/racial mores/worldviews and general psychosocial makeup were highly viable and beneficial. There are also several identity development models that are somewhat useful.

    All in all, the book is approx. 40% biased and 60% educational/useful. If you can stand the whinning that goes on throughout the book - particularly in the early chapters - and can get to the meat of the last chapters, than buy it used to get your money's worth. If you are expecting a comprehensive, objective review of multicultural counseling/therapeutic models, then save your money for a journal and/or publication.

    A graduate student's review....more info
  • Authors hate White people
    Sue and Sue are propagandists spewing forth ignorant writing. They fill the minds of all in the counseling field with their bias against all white people. The book states that all white people are rascist even if they think they are not. This state mandated/book course (Ohio) is much worse than a waste of time. It teaches all minorities to view white people as oppressors and full of hate towards all minorities.

    We should love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We should not be teaching this ignorant trash. ...more info
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory & Practice
    Sue & Sue have revised their book with wonderful results. This time they include a section "Clinical Implications" in each chapter, this adds to the information and helps with the teaching of this necessary subject. As usual Sue & Sue are thorough and thoughtful in their presentation. They also include the notion of Organizational Culture as a needed subject of study. I highly recommend this book for any clinican and professor who works in the field of psychology. Dr. Gabrielle M. Guedet, Ph.D., MFT

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  • A Biased Look at Bias in America
    I must add my disappointment to many others who have already posted here. This book is required reading in my masters in counseling course, and I was hoping for something that would provide valuable guidelines to reach across cultures in counseling. Unfortunately, Sue & Sue make it quite clear that the only reaching across cultures to be done is by White Americans. Whites are painted as being responsible for all bias in our country while non-Whites are to be held responsible for nothing. Period.

    Just because these two authors (or any authors, for that matter) are considered the experts in their field does not mean they are necessarily correct. It is impossible for any human being to approach any subject without bias, yet overall Sue & Sue hold only Whites accountable for recognizing and correcting their biases. At the same time the authors' own bias paints Whites with the same broad stroke they so hate when Whites apply it to minorities.

    In a day and time when race relations could have an unprecedented opportunity for improvement, Drs. Sue & Sue promote an insidious bias against Whites. Their book does nothing to move us forward. In fact, it might just set us back about 150 years.

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  • Biased Sue
    I have read this book in my Cultural Diversity class. This text does have some extremely interesting & helpful information. The horrible thing is that if you are White, you are automatically a racist among other things. Certainly there has been horrible happenings even from our founding fathers BUT the book clearly has that same ancient mindset. This book should be more open-minded in its own right and treat the "White" culture as equally as all other cultures. As a Hispanic-American, the book was offensive even to me. Instead of studying about different cultures and maybe even becoming more acculturated, all this book did was try to get me to dislike "White" people.

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  • Wow
    We have been using this book in our Cultural Diversity class. Although I find some very useful information in this text, one has to sit through the material couched in Ultra liberal bias and anti-White propaganda. I admit that much harm has come from the past American generations, but this book seems like it wants us to be ashamed of being White. All other cultures presented in this text are allowed their bigotry and racist (one culture believing it is superior to another--unlike Sue & Sue's definition that you can only be a racist if you are of the majority culture) agenda; however, the White culture cannot have theirs without being viewed in a negative light. We need solutions on how to be more accepting of all cultures within the borders of these United States, not a book that segregates and blames White culture. I was hoping to study a book that offers information on differing cultures and how to appreciate them more instead of a book that tries to make me feel bad about my heritage....more info
  • a mixed bag
    This is a controversial and challenging book as the previous reviews attest to. In my opinion, the negative feedback can be partially attributed to the rather overt biases the authors obviously have (rather ironic given the topic of the book). However, for all the faults of the book, the authors do challenge one's beliefs- an important aspect given that the intent of the book is to made future counselors more culturally competant.

    Perhaps the authors can eliminate some of the harsh reaction to the book by taking the following steps in preparing the next edition (provided that there is one):

    *include other groups- Where is the discussion on individuals from the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East? They have apparently been lumped in with "Asians" though there are significant differences between an individual from Saudi Arabia and one from Taiwan. Given the increased discrimination and hostility towards these groups since 9/11, the silence from the authors is deafening. Also, their discussion of "women" and "gender issues" totally leaves out stereotypes of males. How can one have a dialogue on gender issues if one is only addressing one gender?

    *address heterogeneity of African Americans- The authors are quick to note how heterogeneous the Asian American and American Indian/Native Alaskan population is but make no mention of the heterogeneity of African Americans. Why is this?

    *avoid loaded language

    *make sure that statements that appear as fact have sources and that they are used apporpriately- The lack of sources for bold/controversial statements of "fact" and improperly used sources hurt the credibility of the book (check at random for examples).

    *show a little more respect for the heterogeneity and diversity of Euro-Americans- the authors justify this by asking the question: "If you want to understand oppression, should you ask the oppressor or the oppressed?" (p. 239). Hum. Well, OK but how does this perspective help one understand this group's heritage, beliefs, values, and the cultural influence they have? Assuming that the majority of the readers are Euro-American, how does labeling all Whites as racist help this group? Is the blatant disrespect shown this group a good model for how this group should respond to other groups? If individuals from this group are to work through their cultural identity, how does this perspective help them? I recommend that the authors have their Euro-American students read a draft of this chapter for the next edition and then reflectively consider the feedback rather than blowing it off as racism.

    While I did feel challenged in some ways by this text, I failed to get what I truly longed for from it- A thoughtful and balanced look at the multicultural issues facing the U.S....more info
  • Complete Liberal Tripe
    This book is far worse than you could possibly imagine. It's sad that in many universities (mine notwithstanding) this poor excuse for a textbook is required reading. The following passage found on page 39 indicates that the authors are not only ignorant on the subject of counseling, but also economics.

    "By the time baby boomers retire, the majority of people contributing to the social security and pension plans will be racial/ethnic minorities. In other words those planning to retire (primarily White workers)must depend on their coworkers of color. If racial minorities continue to encounter the glass ceiling and to be the most undereducated, underemployed, underpaid, an unemployed, the economic security of retiring White workers looks grim."

    I am sorry to say that Amazon doesn't give me enough characters to respond to such a ridiculous, racist assertion...more info

  • K-mart book
    Do me a favor, buy this book and then burn it. This book contained some of the stupidest things I have ever read, and I am today stupider for having read it....more info
  • Racist textbook.
    I was shocked, deeply saddened and angered to read this book. It's like stepping into the past or onto another planet. Be aware if you are required to read this book for a class. When you read the chapter on White Racial Identity, take note that they refer to whites as White Folks. It's weird, no other ethnic identity is labeled this way. But even more so, the lastest edition basically implies that if you are white, you are racist. I am liberal in my politics but it would take a fool not get the gist of the undercurrent of what is being said here. The chapter itself is even taken from a work in progress by Sue & Sue entitled "You Are a Racist". And they don't mind imposing the very identity crisis or conflict on whites that they admonish absolutelly against doing to other minorities or biracial persons.
    For example from page 240:
    "First, it is clear that most White folks perceive themselves as unbiased individuals who do not harbor racist thoughts and feelings; they see themselves as working toward social justice and possess a conscious desire to better the life circumstances of those less fortunate than they. While admirable qualitites, this self-image serves as a major barrier to recognizing and taking responsibility for admitting and dealig with one's own prejudices and biases. To admit to being racist, sexist, or homophobic requires people to recognize that the self-images that they hold so dear are based on fase notions of the self"
    Huh?? Talk about a double bind! Furthermore, on page 239, they state: "...many White Americans would be hard pressed to describe their Irish, Italian, German, or Norwegian heritage in any but the most superficial manner."
    What a slap in the face!! What a step backwards!! Sue and Sue need to look in the mirror at their own arrogance, prejudices and biases. Even more so, they need to take a deep long look at their own racism. It bleeds through the paragraphs of this chapter for all to see whom have the courage to take off the blinders of being brain-washed by this hateful ideology. Even more so, universities and colleges should be ashamed to require this piece for multicultural studies....more info
  • Incredible resource for counselors in training
    This is a comprehensive and impressive book that I would recommend to anyone who cares about working with culturally diverse populations (counselors, teachers, etc.,). The book offers numerous case examples, diagrams, charts, references to help stimulate and challenge the reader. It is a wonderful resource....more info