Providing psychotherapy services to the underserved is a significant problem with far-reaching consequences. This book brings together discussions of multiple groups of underserved persons, ...
Providing psychotherapy services to the underserved is a significant problem with far-reaching consequences. This book brings together discussions of multiple groups of underserved persons, some of whom are generally neglected by much of the literature. This book is designed to help mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy to increase their awareness of the key issues related to many different peoples. The contributors focus on many underserved communities within and outside the United States. Chapters are written by experts in their respective fields, offering their thoughts and practical advice. The first four sections of the book focus on systemic factors, discrimination, people who are in transition or living in underserved locations, and people who are often overlooked or are “invisible.” Each of these chapters follows the same format to provide a consistent reading experience. The authors begin by discussing the scope and offer a description of the problem area they are addressing. They then discuss barriers to service delivery, how to create or improve cultural competence, and effective strategies and empirically supported treatments to meet the treatment needs of this population. They conclude by discussing future steps. The fifth section of the book addresses challenges related to ethics and research. Bringing Psychotherapy to the Underserved
will be a valuable resource for mental health professionals as they strive to approach underserved communities in socially responsible, culturally sensitive, ethical, and effective ways.Less