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Intercultural Therapy: Themes, Interpretations and Practice, 2nd Edition



Intercultural Therapy: Themes, Interpretations and Practice, 2nd Edition

Jafar Kareem (Editor), Roland Littlewood (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-632-05224-0 November 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 294 Pages


There are many problems in working psychotherapeutically across cultures, with numerous examples of failure to understand cultural issues. For example, the ignorance of traditional family structures can lead to major diagnostic and therapeutic errors. These errors include potentially disastrous transference relationship interpretations, the confounding of traditional beliefs with psychiatric symptoms, and a lack of awareness of differences in presenting symptomology. This book explains the theories and techniques of intercultural therapy.

The second edition retains many of the ideas and practices developed in the first edition, but has been updated throughout to include the latest literature, and includes a new introductory chapter. A range of different views on intercultural therapy are given by a group of specialists who have pioneered this developing area.

The late Jafar Kareem BSc was a member of the British Association of Psychotherapists, a member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy, and Founder and Clinical Director of Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre.

Roland Littlewood BSc, MB, DPhil, FRCPsych, is Professor of Psychiatry and Anthropology, University College London, Joint Director of the UCL Centre for Medical Anthropology, Consultant Psychiatrist, Middlesex Hospital, and Medical Advisor, Nafsiyat.


Preface to First Edition.

Preface to Second Edition.

Part I: Themes.

1. Towards an Intercultural therapy.

2. The Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre: Ideas and Experience in Intercultural Therapy.

3. How universal Is Something We Can Call "Therapy".

Part II: Interpretations.

4. Interprofessional Consultation: Consultative Approaches in Therapeutic Work Across Cultures.

5. The Doctors Dilemma: The Practice of Cultural Psychiatry in Multicultural Britain.

6. Quantitative Research in Intercultural Therapy: Some Methodological Considerations.

Part III: Practice.

7. The Bradford Experience.

8. Familiar and Unfamiliar Types of Family Structure: Towards a Conceptual Framework.

9. Racism and Psychotherapy; Working with Racism in the Consulting Room; an Analytical View.

10. Inner and Outer Reality in Children and Adolescents.

11. Intercultural Social Work.

12. Therapeutic Approaches with Survivors of Torture.


References and Further Reading.


* three revised chapters and a new introductory chapter
* references and further reading updated to include latest literature