Social Justice Implications for MFT: The Need for Cross-Cultural Responsiveness

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Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)

Abstract

Over the past two decades, the mental health field has been pressured to respond to the increased diversity among clients needing mental health services. This has led to greater diversity in providing more culturally responsive services to various minority groups. However, true transformation and innovation in our thinking needed to ensure that our fields support and encourage cultural diversity and social justice are still lacking. This chapter offers a framework for supporting and including a social justice perspective in family therapy praxis by discussing a vision of social justice that is true to the needs of families we serve. We (the authors) also offer some ideas about a paradigm shift in thinking about the inclusion of diversity and social justice in practice to help clinicians understand multicultural clients’ dilemmas and challenges.

Keywords

Diversity Social justice Family therapy praxis Multicultural clients 

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