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(p. 23) Module 1—Family Collectivism (Sessions 1–3) 

(p. 23) Module 1—Family Collectivism (Sessions 1–3)
(p. 23) Module 1—Family Collectivism (Sessions 1–3)

Amy Weisman de Mamani

, Merranda McLaughlin

, Olivia Altamirano

, Daisy Lopez

, and Salman Shaheen Ahmad

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date: 27 January 2021

The focus on the individual, typical of mainstream U.S. therapies, is alien to other cultures and can cause discomfort that leads to ineffective treatment and early termination. The aim of this chapter is to describe minorities collectivistic beliefs and introduce a rationale for incorporating them into family therapy in a way that creates a cohesive family environment. Skills from this chapter will aid families in emphasizing commonalities while de-emphasizing differences between family members. Therapists are provided suggestions for how to approach any differences that arise in how family members contribute to the family unit. The chapter provides notes on how to encourage family members to practice cultural traditions and destigmatize views of their ill family member. Examples of relevant homework exercises are provided. A case study of a Korean American family is used to illustrate the process.

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