Cultural and Social Justice Counseling

Client-Specific Interventions

  • Farah A. Ibrahim
  • Jianna R. Heuer

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 15-49
  3. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 51-75
  4. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 77-98
  5. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 99-122
  6. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 123-149
  7. Farah A. Ibrahim, Jianna R. Heuer
    Pages 151-168
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 239-256

About this book


This timely volume gives readers a robust framework and innovative tools for incorporating clients' unique cultural variables in counseling and therapy. Its chapters identify cultural, societal, and worldview-based contexts for understanding clients, from the relatively familiar (ethnicity, gender, age) to the less explored (migration status, social privilege, geographic environment). Diverse cases illustrate how cultural assessments contribute to building the therapeutic relationship and developing interventions that respect client individuality as well as group identity. In these pages, clinicians are offered effective strategies for conducting more relevant and meaningful therapy, resulting in better outcomes for client populations that have traditionally been marginalized and underserved. The appendices include the Scale to Assess Worldview© (Ibrahim & Kahn, 1984), The Acculturation Index© (Ibrahim, 2008), and the Cultural Identity Check List-Revised© (Ibrahim, 2007). 

Among the topics covered: 

  • Cultural identity: components and assessment.
  • Worldview: implications for culturally responsive and ethical practice.
  • Understanding acculturation and its use in counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Social justice variables critical for conducting counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Immigrants: identity development and counseling issues.
  • Designing interventions using the social justice and cultural responsiveness model.

Cultural and Social Justice Counseling is a profound source of knowledge for clinicians and students in mental health fields (counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers) who are working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, including those working in international settings, with clients across cultures, and with sojourners to the US.                                                          


Counseling a Bengali Immigrant Counseling a Bicultural Native American Client Counseling a Mexican American Client Counseling a Multiracial Client Counseling a Native American Client Counseling a Vietnamese Immigrant student Counseling a highly religious (LDS) White client Refugees Scale to Assess World View Social Justice and Cultural Responsiveness Model US Acculturation Index acculturation theory counseling and psychotherapy counseling interventions counseling issues cultural assessments cultural identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Farah A. Ibrahim
    • 1
  • Jianna R. Heuer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.LaGuardia Community CollegeLong Island CityUSA

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