The Journey After the Journey: Family Counselling in the Context of Immigration and Ethnic Diversity

  • Karen J. Grant Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society
  • Arden Henley White Rock Family Therapy Institute
  • Mary Kean White Rock Family Therapy Institute

Abstract

The development and implementation of a specific model for providing family counselling to immigrant and refugee families is examined. Conjointly developed by staff at a non-profit agency in the settlement and integration sector, and a team of consulting family therapists, the Multiple Partnership Model arose from community-based work and the demonstrated need for equitable and accessible counselling in languages other than English. The influence of narrative theory in its ability to address the challenges of ethno-cultural diversity and the imbalances of power inherent in cross-cultural counselling are discussed. As well, the dynamics of a co-therapy partnership between ethno-specific settlement counsellors acting as bi-cultural consultants and an on-site family therapist are highlighted. The specific workings of this partnership are outlined and case examples provided.
Published
2007-01-30
How to Cite
Grant, K. J., Henley, A., & Kean, M. (2007). The Journey After the Journey: Family Counselling in the Context of Immigration and Ethnic Diversity. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 35(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/58660
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