based on Sue, D. W., Capodilupo, C. M., Torino, G. C., Bucceri, J. M., Holder, A M.B., Nadal, K.L. and Esquilin, M. (2007) Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice. American Psychologist, 62, No. 4, 271-286. It is posted on files section.
1. Explain why it is very important for a therapist to be informed about the practices and values of the different cultures, genders or ethnicities.
2. Explain why therapists should carefully examine their own values and world views. This does not imply that the therapist should reveal their own values and worldviews explicitly to their client.
3. Explain why the therapist should recognize that particular behaviors values or attitudes might have different meanings in different cultural contexts. Give an example of a value, behavior or attitude that has a different meaning in different cultures or subgroups.
4. Explain what is wrong with the following statement: “As long as the therapist treats all others the same and pays no attention to race, or ethnicity it is likely that a good outcome will result.”
How would you use cognitive and behavioral techniques described in the chapter on Cognitive Therapy by Beck and Weishaar to help Betty each of the issues listed below? For each issue Identify her automatic thoughts and maladaptive assumptions first and then describe how you might go about helping her. Briefly, indicate the likely source of these automatic thoughts and maladaptive beliefs based on her past experiences. Consider her use of magnification and minimization to avoid her anxieties. Try to be as specific as possible in your recommendations.
5. Her loneliness associated with her fear of developing friendships with others.
6. Her fear of losing weight despite her morbid obesity.
7. Can we consider Betty to be subject to microaggressions, invalidations and assaults due to her obesity? Is there any evidence in the case that supports this idea?