Books: Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment by Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner (9781572306301), eBook (2022)

Overview of Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

This book presents a culturally informed framework for understanding and treating substance abuse problems. From expert contributors, chapters cover specific ethnocultural groups in the United States, including Americans of African, Native American, Latino, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian descent. Authors examine how ethnocultural factors may affect a person's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. Themes addressed include the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Featuring a wealth of illustrative clinical material, the book makes concrete recommendations for more competent, effective assessment and intervention. It also guides clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.

Synopsis of Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

JACKET COPY Substance abuse treatment providers are increasingly aware of the need for greater ethnic and cultural awareness to guide their work with diverse clients. Yet the literature in this crucial area of clinical knowledge and skills is limited, and often deals with ethnicity in broad, overly simplistic categories. This much-needed book provides a nuanced discussion of addictive behaviors and their treatment among 19 different ethnocultural groups in the United States. An array of expert contributors focuses on how cultural knowledge can be effectively and appropriately applied in this challenging area of practice. Offering concrete recommendations to enhance treatment success, the book is enriched by a wealth of illustrative clinical material.

While emphasizing the need to see each client as a unique individual, the book demonstrates how clinicians can also take into account the client's ethnocultural beliefs, customs, and values, as well as the social conditions affecting his or her particular group. These variables may provide important information about the client's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. An unusually inclusive range of ethnocultural groups is discussed, encompassing Americans of African, Asian European, Latino, Middle Eastern, and Native American, descent. Addressed in each chapter are such themes as the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Other topics covered include adolescent treatment and issues related to HIV/AIDS. Chapters also guide clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.

This practical resource will enhance the work of all therapists and counselors treating clients with substance abuse problems. In addition, it will serve as a text in advanced courses in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, addictions counseling, and related fields.

CATALOG COPY This volume presents a culturally informed framework for understanding and treating substance abuse problems. From expert contributors, chapters cover specific ethnocultural groups in the United States, including Americans of African, Native American, Latino, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian descent. While emphasizing the need to see each client as a unique individual, the book examines how ethnocultural factors may affect a person's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. Themes addressed include the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Featuring a wealth of illustrative clinical material, the volume makes concrete recommendations for more competent, effective assessment and intervention. It also guides clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.

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Reviewer:Linda Toelke, RN, MS, CARN(Rush University Medical Center)
Description:This practical guide examines the unique beliefs, customs, and values of 19 ethnocultural groups as they relate to alcohol and other drug issues and how this information can be applied to treatment.
Purpose:The purpose is to explore various aspects of culture and ethnicity that are important in understanding clients and in offering culturally competent substance abuse treatment. Previous literature on ethnicity tends to be broad and oversimplistic, offering little in practical applications. Expert contributors to this book provide concrete recommendations to enhance treatment outcomes with diverse clients.
Audience:This book should have widespread appeal with all levels of therapists or counselors working with substance abuse clients. The author suggests this will serve as a book in advanced courses in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, addictions counseling, and other related fields. The author and the selected expert contributors appear to be credible authorities in substance abuse treatment and for the wide range of ethnocultural groups represented in the book.
Features:Each chapter describes a different ethnocultural group. A brief history is given in each chapter as it relates to that group's cultural beliefs and values, and the issue of substance use in that culture is addressed. Themes such as issues related to migration, problems with acculturation, family structure, spiritual values, and treatment of adolescents and women are included. Especially useful are descriptive case histories and useful guidelines for working with the clients and families. Concrete recommendations to enhance treatment outcomes are helpful and provided throughout the book. Each chapter is concise and well written with a wealth of information that gives a snapshot view of that particular ethnocultural group. The contributors are sensitive to the problems of labeling and consistently illustrate that these are general guidelines and quickly point out the level of diversity within each ethnocultural group. The book is well organized and user friendly with good use of highlighted headings and extensive reference lists.
Assessment:This is a delight to read. It consistently supplies well written, concise, sensitive, practical information that busy clinicians would relish.

About the Author, Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, DSW, CAS, is a tenured full professor at the Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University, where she is also coordinator of the Post-Master's Program in the Treatment of Alcohol- and Drug-Abusing Clients. Dr. Straussner is author or editor of numerous publications, including Clinical Work with Substance-Abusing Clients, and has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City

Editorials

From the Publisher

"This is a superb, comprehensive primer for all clinicians. In uniformly thorough and clear chapters, the editor and contributing authors teach the reader how to think about the theoretical and practical significance of context and the multiple factors of race, ethnicity, and culture--always present and always wielding a critical influence. Reading this text is like learning a new language whose ideas and vocabulary open a wide new territory. In a world where diversity is normal, the concepts of cultural identity and ethnocultural conflict are key. This volume provides a map of cultural sensitivity that adds a vital, expanding dimension to traditional ways of thinking about addiction. It should be a basic text and clinical resource for years to come."--Stephanie Brown, PhD, Director, The Addictions Institute

"This volume lays out the critical clinical issues involved in culturally competent practice. The authors provide a rich context for understanding current substance abuse patterns in an impressive range of ethnic groups--more than I have ever seen discussed under one cover. The information presented is well researched and referenced, and the authors do a nice job of avoiding rigidity in their recommendations. Several chapters address such groups within the culture as women, adolescents, and refugees, who have unique needs and for whom the clinician may need to vary his or her approach. The case examples give depth to the discussion and illustrate important intervention techniques. Social work students at all levels will find this text helpful." --Maryann Amodeo, MSW, PhD, Director, Alcohol and Drug Institute for Policy, Training and Research, and Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

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"An extraordinarily sensitive work on substance abuse treatment, offering clinically illustrated, expert discussion of addictive behavior and treatment within 19 distinct ethnocultural groups."--Choice

Reviewer: Linda Toelke, RN, MS, CARN(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This practical guide examines the unique beliefs, customs, and values of 19 ethnocultural groups as they relate to alcohol and other drug issues and how this information can be applied to treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore various aspects of culture and ethnicity that are important in understanding clients and in offering culturally competent substance abuse treatment. Previous literature on ethnicity tends to be broad and oversimplistic, offering little in practical applications. Expert contributors to this book provide concrete recommendations to enhance treatment outcomes with diverse clients.
Audience: This book should have widespread appeal with all levels of therapists or counselors working with substance abuse clients. The author suggests this will serve as a book in advanced courses in clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, addictions counseling, and other related fields. The author and the selected expert contributors appear to be credible authorities in substance abuse treatment and for the wide range of ethnocultural groups represented in the book.
Features: Each chapter describes a different ethnocultural group. A brief history is given in each chapter as it relates to that group's cultural beliefs and values, and the issue of substance use in that culture is addressed. Themes such as issues related to migration, problems with acculturation, family structure, spiritual values, and treatment of adolescents and women are included. Especially useful are descriptive case histories and useful guidelines for working with the clients and families. Concrete recommendations to enhance treatment outcomes are helpful and provided throughout the book. Each chapter is concise and well written with a wealth of information that gives a snapshot view of that particular ethnocultural group. The contributors are sensitive to the problems of labeling and consistently illustrate that these are general guidelines and quickly point out the level of diversity within each ethnocultural group. The book is well organized and user friendly with good use of highlighted headings and extensive reference lists.
Assessment: This is a delight to read. It consistently supplies well written, concise, sensitive, practical information that busy clinicians would relish.

Straussner (social work, New York U.) presents 20 contributions that address how substance abuse treatment providers earn the trust of the people they seek to treat when these professionals' ethnocultural backgrounds differ radically from those of their clients. The various chapters discuss the roots of culturally idiosyncratic attitude toward the use of alcohol and drugs and offer guidelines for treatment. Each of the chapters is devoted to an individual cultural group, covering people from African, Native American, Cuban, Mexican, Caribbean, Puerto Rican, British, French, Irish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Arab, Jewish, Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Korean backgrounds. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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