Many first and second generation Asian immigrants experience acculturation challenges to varying extents. These challenges, such as language barriers, racial discrimination, underemployment, the loss of support networks and changes in family role and structure, may exacerbate a myriad of mental health issues. In addition, their help-seeking behaviour, as shaped by a general adherence to a collectivistic worldview and indirect communication style, often creates challenges for the practitioners who are trained under a Western practice modality.
Drawing on literature from English-speaking countries with sizeable Asian immigrant populations such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom, this text is designed especially for clinicians and students working with Asian immigrant populations. It discusses the therapeutic process in psychotherapy and counselling with these clients, exploring both key psychodynamic constructs and social systemic factors. Building on contemporary relational theory, which emphasizes the centrality of the helping relationship and sensitivity to the client's subjective realities, the book demonstrates how western-based concepts and skills can be broadened and applied in an Asiacentric context, and can be therapeutic even in social service and case management service settings. There are chapters on issues such as domestic violence, intergenerational conflicts, depression amongst elders, and suicide, discussing the prevalence and nature of the mental health issues and each containing case vignettes from various Asian ethnic groups to illustrate the application of relational approaches.
This book is an important cross-cultural reference for practising social workers and counsellors as well as for social work students undertaking clinical practice courses.
Irene Chung is Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is formerly Chair of Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families track at the School. She is currently President of the New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health, a non-profit, volunteer organization of mental health providers in the Asian communities of New York City. Tazuko Shibusawa is Associate Professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and serves as the Associate Dean of Professional Programs and Director of the MSW Program. She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, and serves on the Executive Committee of the New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health and the Board of the Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
Part 1: Intersections of Culture and Theories 1. Clinical Practice with Asian Immigrants: Unpacking and Re-packing Theories and Meanings 2. Relational Theory: A Two-Person Psychology Model in the Helping Process Chapter 3. Applying the Relational Model in Working with Asian Immigrants Part 2: Mental Health Issues in the Asian Immigrant Communities 4. Asian Immigrants in English-Speaking Countries: A Global Perspective 5. Working with Asian Immigrant Families: Parenting Practices and Intergenerational Relationships 6. Working with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence 7. Working with Asian Immigrant Elders 8. Suicide Assessment and Intervention with Asian Immigrants