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Digital Seminar

Working with Cross-Cultural Couples: Unexplored Issues in Therapy


Faculty:
Kirsten LInd Seal, PhD
Duration:
1 Hour 55 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 24, 2018
Product Code:
NOS095964
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

In the United States, 1 in 6 new marriages is interethnic or interracial. Today’s therapists need to be equipped to help cross-cultural couples not only navigate the usual intimacy and communication concerns, but also address issues of identity, privilege and cultural differences, which are often ignored in traditional couples therapy. To do this well, and enhance our therapeutic effectiveness, we must examine our own blind spots and biases around race and culture. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • The issues most often encountered with cross-cultural couples, such as an uneven awareness of privilege and the hidden relational impact of cultural assumptions and values
  • How to help couples name and navigate their differences by exploring conflicting cultural norms around gender roles and couple formation
  • Interventions designed specifically to treat cross-cultural couples, including attending to pacing to ensure full language comprehension, and validating the partner’s more marginalized experiences of racism

Faculty

Kirsten LInd Seal, PhD Related seminars and products


Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, is a marriage and family therapist and an adjunct assistant professor of MFT at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She appears as a regular contributor on Relationship Reboot, a weekly segment on WCCO (CBS) TV’s Midmorning show.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kirsten Lind Seal is in private practice. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kirsten Lind Seal has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Additional Info

Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Outline

Issues Most Often Encountered with Cross-Cultural Couples

  • Uneven awareness of privilege
  • Hidden impact of cultural assumptions and values

Helping These Couples Navigate Their Cultural Differences

  • Inviting cultural perspective taking via:
    • Intentional discussion around gender roles
    • Intentional discussion around family/couple formation

Specific Interventions for Cross-Cultural Couples

  • Intentional pacing to support/intervene re: language/communication difficulties
  • Validation of experiences of racism/exclusion

Objectives

  1. Explore the issues most often encountered with cross-cultural couples, such as an uneven awareness of privilege and the hidden relational impact of cultural assumptions and values
  2. Explore how to help couples name and navigate their differences by exploring conflicting cultural norms around gender roles and couple formation
  3. Explore interventions designed specifically to treat cross-cultural couples, including attending to pacing to ensure full language comprehension, and validating the partner’s more marginalized experiences of racism

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