Cultural Competence in Applied Psychology

An Evaluation of Current Status and Future Directions

  • Craig L. Frisby
  • William T. O'Donohue

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. General Overview

  3. Evaluation of Cultural Competence Advocacy

  4. Conceptual Difficulties/Challenges from the Perspective of Related Disciplines

  5. Cultural Competence Issues with Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 499-499
    2. Lorraine T. Benuto, Brian D. Leany
      Pages 501-514
    3. Eduardo Jones, Stanley J. Huey Jr., Miriam Rubenson
      Pages 557-573
    4. Mark A. Yarhouse, Justin Sides, Cassandra Page
      Pages 575-602
    5. Kayla Gurak, Jessica Maura, Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ana Martinez de Andino, Irwin Rosenfarb
      Pages 603-617
  6. Issues and Implications for Instruction and Training

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 619-619
    2. Markus Kemmelmeier, Kodai Kusano
      Pages 621-649
    3. Sean T. Stevens, Lee Jussim, Lillian A. Stevens, Stephanie M. Anglin
      Pages 651-664
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 715-731

About this book


The first volume of its kind, this provocative book evaluates the construct of cultural competence from multiple perspectives. At the intersection of diverse disciplines and domains, contributors argue for greater clarity in understanding the cultural competence construct, a deeper level of analysis as to its multifaceted components, and call for concrete practical objectives and science-based means of measurement. Serious, nuanced discussion addresses challenges, strengths, and limitations of current cultural competence practice  in terms of sociocultural concepts (e.g., race, ethnicity) and practical concepts (e.g., sensitivity in the therapeutic relationship, treatment efficacy). In addition, contributors identify future directions for research, training, and practice with the potential to spur the further evolution of this clinically important construct.

This timely book:

  •   Critiques the cultural competence construct and its evaluation as it is currently disseminated within applied psychology.
  •   Compares and contrasts how cultural competence is defined within clinical, school, and counseling psychology.
  •   Analyzes difficulties and challenges in understanding the cultural competence construct as evaluated through the lens of closely related fields                    outside of  applied psychology.
  •   Spotlights complexities in cultural competence issues pertaining to specific populations.
  •   Sets out implications for education and training, offering a detailed outline for an ideal college course in cultural competence.

With this level of reasoning and rigor, Cultural Competence in Applied Psychology  is sure to stimulate long-overdue dialogue and debate among professionals across a wide variety of fields, such as clinical psychology, social work, child and social psychology, psychotherapy, school psychology, and counseling.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Craig L. Frisby
    • 1
  • William T. O'Donohue
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada - RenoRenoUSA

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