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Counselling in Cultural Contexts

Identities and Social Justice

  • Nancy Arthur

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Foundational Concepts for Counselling in Cultural Contexts

  3. Culture-Infused Counselling: Case Studies of Contexts, Identities, and Social Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Shelly Russell-Mayhew
      Pages 141-154
  4. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381

About this book


This accessible practice-building reference establishes a clear social justice lens for providing culturally-responsive and ethical multicultural counseling for all clients. Rooted in the principles of Culture-Infused Counseling, the book’s practical framework spotlights the evolving therapeutic relationship and diverse approaches to working with clients’ personal and relational challenges, including at the community and system levels.  Case studies illustrate interventions with clients across various identities from race, gender, and class to immigration status, sexuality, spirituality, and body size, emphasizing the importance of viewing client’s presenting concerns within the contexts of their lives. Chapters also model counselor self-awareness so readers can assess their strengths, identify their hidden assumptions, and evolve past basic cultural sensitivity to actively infusing social justice as an ethical stance in professional practice.


Included in the chapters:


·         Culture-infused counseling, emphasizing context, identities, and social justice

·         Decolonizing and indigenous approaches

·         Social class awareness

·         Intersectionality of identities

·         Clients’ spiritual and religious beliefs

·         Weight bias as a social justice issue

·         Culturally responsive and socially just engagement in counselling women

·         Life-making in therapeutic work with transgender clients

·         Socially-just counseling for refugees

·         Multi-level systems approaches to interventions


While Counseling in Cultural Contexts is geared toward a student/training audience, practicing professionals will also find the case study format of the book to be informative and stimulating.     


multicutural counseling culture-infused counseling social justice social justice counseling cross-cultural counseling intersectionality

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy Arthur
    • 1
  1. 1.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

About the editors

Dr. Nancy Arthur is a Professor and former Canada Research Chair, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Arthur has written extensively in the field of multicultural counselling and co-developed the model of Culture-Infused Counselling, also adapted for use in career counselling. Dr. Arthur is a registered psychologist and elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and currently serves as Vice-President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Dr. Arthur’s research interests focus on professional education for diversity and social justice, and international learning and employment transitions.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Counselling in Cultural Contexts
  • Book Subtitle Identities and Social Justice
  • Editors Nancy Arthur
  • Series Title International and Cultural Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.,Cultural Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-00089-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-00090-5
  • Series ISSN 1574-0455
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-7984
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 413
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cross Cultural Psychology
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