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Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency

Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency
A Contextual Approach to Sociocultural Diversity in Theory and Practice
Edited by Akihiko Masuda




The Context Press Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series


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About the Book

In recent years, mindfulness and acceptances-based therapies have gained immense popularity in the field of behavioral health. And as these therapeutic models have proliferated, their teachings and practices have been introduced to a wide range of diverse applications.

Cognitive behavioral approaches often rely on a client's values as a catalyst for treatment. But because values are often culturally biased, it can be difficult to apply the same techniques to clients from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. That's why multicultural competency training for mental health professionals is so important. Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency presents a contextual approach to sociocultural diversity in both theory and practice.

In this book, author Akihiko Masuda examines the cultural competency and cultural adaptation of three major therapeutic models based in mindfulness and acceptance: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Readers will learn how to translate these treatment models to other language communities, and how to tailor therapeutic approaches to address a number of cultural factors, including religion and spirituality, social stigma, and prejudice.

Written for professionals, students, and practitioners, this book offers solid data and research that shows how innovations in acceptance and mindfulness therapies can be directed for the health and wellness of all people, no matter their race, creed, or cultural background. The book includes contributions by Lynn McFarr, PhD, Holly Hazlett-Stevens, PhD, Michael P. Twohig, PhD, Jason Lillis, PhD, Michael Levin, MA, and Jason Luoma, PhD.

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series

As mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies gain momentum in the field of mental health, it is increasingly important for professionals to understand the full range of their applications. To keep up with the growing demand for authoritative resources on these treatments, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Practica Series was created. These edited books cover a range of evidence-based treatments, such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) therapy. Incorporating new research in the field of psychology, these books are powerful tools for mental health clinicians, researchers, advanced students, and anyone interested in the growth of mindfulness and acceptance strategies.


Akihiko Masuda (Editor)
Akihiko Masuda, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Georgia State University. He was born and raised in Nagano, Japan, and moved to the United States for his psychology career. His primary areas of interest include... Read more

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“Acceptance and mindfulness [methods are] drawn from multiple cultures around the world. That is a part of what makes this work so relevant to cultural issues on the one hand, and in need of culturally competent application on the other. This ground-breaking volume walks through both sides of this issue in a way that will uplift, energize, and empower practitioners. Highly recommended."
-Steven C. Hayes, PhD, codeveloper of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness and Acceptance in Multicultural Competency addresses challenges in the application of mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions to diverse groups. The emphasis throughout the book is on the principles of these approaches rather than on their topographical or surface characteristics. There is a breadth of topics, including cultural issues, such as cultural competence and cultural adaptation of interventions, as well as sociocultural issues, such as discrimination, prejudice, stigma, and minority status. .This book provides a useful conceptual framework to guide research and clinical practice.”
-Gordon C. Nagayama Hall, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at the University of Oregon
“Most therapists aspire to be culturally competent, but what does this mean for those using mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments? Are these interventions effective with diverse groups? Should they be adapted to reduce cultural bias? If so, how? Can clinicians use mindfulness- and acceptance-based methods to improve their own cultural competence? Fascinating and practical, this book provides compelling answers to these and other important questions.”
-Ruth Baer, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and editor of Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches

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