Immigration in Couple and Family Therapy
Couple and family therapy is an effective treatment approach for a range of concerns, including the dynamics inherent in the process of immigration. From a systemic perspective, immigration affects not only those individuals who seek or complete immigration from one country to another, but may also have intergenerational and relational effects. Couple and family therapy is an appropriate modality to focus on experiences related to immigration, such as ambiguous loss, acculturation, blended family identities, and anxiety related to deportation. Examination of these concerns from intergenerational transmission and systemic lenses are ideal frameworks.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Several theories guide therapist conceptualization and intervention for those facing immigration-related concerns in couple and family therapy. First, the adversities often related to the process of immigration may be understood through the lens of the minority stress model (Meyer 2003). The...
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