Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Socioculturally Attuned Family Therapy

  • Teresa McDowellEmail author
  • Carmen Knudson-Martin
  • J. Maria Bermudez
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1093


Socioculturally attuned family therapy is a transtheoretical framework that provides guidelines for equitable practice. The approach builds on existing family therapy models by integrating interdisciplinary concepts for understanding the impact societal systems, culture, and power have on individuals, families, and communities. Social and relational justice are recognized as important to positive mental health and relational wellbeing and thus integral to good practice. Founders of this framework, Teresa McDowell, Carmen Knudson-Martin, and J. Maria Bermudez, demonstrate how analysis of societal context and power can be infused into existing family therapy models in ways that are theoretically congruent and provide specific practice guidelines within each approach for supporting just relationships among all populations. Sociocultural attunement is defined as awareness of the impact of the relationship between societal systems, culture, and power along with the willingness...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa McDowell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carmen Knudson-Martin
    • 1
  • J. Maria Bermudez
    • 2
  1. 1.Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and CounselingPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Development and Family Science, Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA