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Multiculturalism and Social Work | San Francisco State University

The therapeutic alliance in multicultural practice.

Author: Coleman, D.
Author Background:
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Psychoanalytic Social Work
Volume/Pages 7(2): 65-92
Subject Matter Multiculturalism; Therapeutic-relationship; Clinical-practice
Abstract The therapeutic relationship rests on both an emotional bond with the therapist and a rational, working connection. Both dimensions of the alliance have relevance for multicultural clinical work. There have been many contributions to multicultural practice that emphasize either cognitive or emotional levels of the alliance. This paper uses both empirical studies and clinical papers to synthesize both the emotional and the rational perspectives on the multicultural alliance. Examples are drawn from literature, published case examples, and the author's own clinical practice. (Journal abstract.)