Family Systems in Cultural Consultation

Family Systems in Cultural Consultation

Family Systems in Cultural Consultation

Family Systems in Cultural Consultations

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Référence bibliographique [12846]

Guzder, Jaswant. 2014. «Family Systems in Cultural Consultation». Dans Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care , sous la dir. de Laurence J. Kirmayer, Guzder, Jaswant et Rousseau, Cécile, p. 139-161. New York: Springer.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«This chapter will illustrate the application of systemic approaches drawn from family systems theory and therapy to the process of cultural consultation.» (p. 139)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
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Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


«The cultural consultation model aims to provide a wider clinical lens to understand clinical problems in social and family context. Our clinical encounters with families and individuals help to reveal systemic processes. The consultant joins with the system to understand its dynamics but also to create a reflective space where family members can explore their diverse perspectives, strategies for problem solving, and sources of wellbeing. […] Migration often necessitates the redrawing of family maps as families adapt to new places, spaces and contexts. The family’s encounters with powerful institutional and political exigencies shape the interactional and emotional processes that generate or resolve distress in the system. Cultural consultation follows the lead of these affective and interactional processes to enter and engage or join with the family, while charting elements of the family’s cultural maps to allow for the translation and reframing of symptoms and problems with the input of referring clinicians. The consultant aims to engage families and therapists, bearing witness to their predicaments and distress and co-constructing narratives that can foster their resilience and assist them in problem solving, consensus building and finding ways to bridge the worlds of their origins and of their current challenges. Family therapy provides many tools to engage with systemic issues in vital dialogues that enrich the cultural consultation process.» (p.158)