'Race' and Culture: Tools, Techniques and Trainings: A Manual for Professionals (The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series) Paperback – 22 Sep 2010
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This wonderful book is the ideal resource for those who wish to learn to do trainings in diversity and cultural competence and to introduce them into their own agency or university settings. The authors speak knowledgeably from their own experience and offer their years of collective wisdom in addressing issues of 'race' and culture. They offer not only tools and techniques but thoughtful suggestions about sensitive issues, challenges and the timing of these interventions. --Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Professor, Rutgers University, author of 'Black Families in Therapy'
This book provides a unique resource for the professional field. It offers a richness of ideas, some of which have been part of professional thought and reflection for the last forty years, but which remain as fresh and perplexing each decade as they did before: some of which need to be rethought with each professional generation, and some which enter the complexity of a multi-ethnic society for the first time. The questions do not stand alone but are accompanied by a variety of exercises that enable and promote complex thinking about ethnicity and culture and new ways of expanding cultural sensitivity and awareness for all of us, trainers, professionals and 'clients' alike. Without simplifying issues it is clear and easy to read; and the questions posed by the authors from their life and professional experience are explored within the exercises offered from multipositional perpectives, without trying to come to premature definitive answers. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to develop more nuanced thinking about ethnicity, 'race' and culture in the UK today. --Gill Gorrell Barnes, Therapist for Individuals, Couples and Families and Consultant to Child and Family Court Proceedings; author of 'Family Therapy in Changing Times'
About the Author
Renee Singh (DSysPsych) is a consultant systemic psychotherapist and research specialist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Sumita Dutta (MSysPsych) is a systemic psychotherapist and supervisor. She is the Chair for graduate courses in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Family Therapy.
Top customer reviews
"This is a rich and mindexpanding book aimed primarily at trainers wishing to address the issues surrounding `race' and culture in professional settings, but of wide-ranging
interest to practitioners themselves, health and social workers, teachers, psychologists and of course counsellors. The authors are systemic psychotherapists who have brought together experiences of many years with particular expertise in working with
asylum seekers and refugees. Most useful for trainers, but a fascinating read for anyone working with people today, the book contains a wealth of practical exercises for use in work settings, agencies or as part of counsellor training courses. The book is divided into five parts. Part one introduces the way systemic principles have been applied throughout the book, and links to the generic exercises which follow. Parts two, three and four address specific contexts: working with refugee and asylum seeking families; working with mixed heritage and intercultural couples; and working with children and carers with reference to kinship care. Part five looks at the dilemmas that managers face and discusses various approaches. Each section starts by
delineating the context in which the exercises are set, clearly setting out their
aims. Detailed practical instructions are given, along with notes for trainers,
comprehensive references and recommended reading. What I liked about this book
(apart from the fact that it arrived on my desk just prior to the term in which
I, as a trainer, will be delivering the diversity module!) is that I can dip into it and immediately find useful ideas for exercises. I also liked the advice given about the importance of having an eye to the group process that could be happening right under my nose and its benefit as an experiential piece of learning. Singh and Dutta believe
that we need to talk about these issues and that the more open we can be in admitting that there are many things we don't know about others, the better. It's not about pretending that everyone is the same, it's acknowledging that we are all very different."
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