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date: 18 November 2019

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Working with couples and families fits the historic emphasis in counseling psychology of considering the individual in context. As many trains of feminist thought also emphasize the importance of relationships, a chapter tying together feminist couples and family counseling within counseling psychology is an important area of integration. This chapter provides an overview of the feminist critique of traditional couples and family counseling, followed by a description of couples and family counseling from a feminist perspective that is informed by multicultural contexts. Feminist couples and family counseling is more a philosophical and political viewpoint than a specific set of techniques, so a variety of strategies may be employed. Descriptions of intervention possibilities are grouped by their intent, including to demystify the therapy process and empower, aid communication, build empathy and connection through mutual understanding of gender roles in cultural context, analyze and negotiate power issues, and negotiate the redistribution of work within the family. Applications to diverse families and research findings are also discussed.

Keywords: Feminist multicultural couples counseling, feminist multicultural family counseling, feminist couples therapy, feminist family therapy, gender issues in couples counseling/therapy, gender issues in family counseling/therapy

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