Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemmont E. Vontress in Clinical Practice

Edited by Roy Moodley and Rinaldo Walcott

© 2010

Professional counseling is a dynamic field, necessarily changing to reflect shifting societal norms and client needs. In an increasingly multicultural and globalized society, there is a growing need for counselors to be sensitive to the diverse needs of clients expressing different cultural and ethnic beliefs and facets of racial, gender, sexual, age, ability, disability, or class identities.

Using as a starting point the pioneering work of Clemmont E. Vontress, the contributors to Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures trace the evolution of multicultural counseling and discuss remaining challenges for practitioners. Essays include a personal reflection by Vontress himself, critical analyses of the growth of multicultural counseling, considerations of his influence in Canada and the UK, and African and Caribbean perspectives on his work. Throughout, the importance of Vontress's accomplishments are celebrated, while critical analysis points the way towards further work to be done in the field.

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Using as a starting point the pioneering work of Clemmont E. Vontress, the contributors to Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures trace the evolution of multicultural counseling and discuss remaining challenges for practitioners.

Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures: Exploring the Work of Clemmont E. Vontress in Clinical Practice

Edited by Roy Moodley and Rinaldo Walcott

© 2010

Professional counseling is a dynamic field, necessarily changing to reflect shifting societal norms and client needs. In an increasingly multicultural and globalized society, there is a growing need for counselors to be sensitive to the diverse needs of clients expressing different cultural and ethnic beliefs and facets of racial, gender, sexual, age, ability, disability, or class identities.

Using as a starting point the pioneering work of Clemmont E. Vontress, the contributors to Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures trace the evolution of multicultural counseling and discuss remaining challenges for practitioners. Essays include a personal reflection by Vontress himself, critical analyses of the growth of multicultural counseling, considerations of his influence in Canada and the UK, and African and Caribbean perspectives on his work. Throughout, the importance of Vontress's accomplishments are celebrated, while critical analysis points the way towards further work to be done in the field.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    'Counseling students typically get very little exposure to the theories of Clemont Vontress, a true pioneer of cross-cultural counseling. Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures provides a framework for critically analyzing Vontress's work, persuasively directing attention to topics that are typically ignored in the multicultural counseling literature—namely, spiritualism, death, and the importance of philosophy. The inclusion of interviews with Vontress himself adds life and feeling to this collection, which has the potential to become the bible for those looking to gain a mastery of his ideas.'
    J. Manuel Casas, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

    'Counseling Across and Beyond Cultures provides an admirable introduction to the complete professional contributions made over a lifetime by Clemont Vontress, one of the founding figures of cross-cultural counseling. The essays included span a wide range of international and theoretical positions, and represent the contributions of a group of authors who form the "who's who" of the multicultural counseling field.'
    Colin Lago, independent Psychotherapist, Trainer, Consultant, and Supervisor
  • Author Information

    Roy Moodley is a professor in the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.



    Rinaldo Walcott is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Foreword
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction (Roy Moodley and Rinaldo Walcott)

    PART ONE: Clemmont E. Vontress — The Culturally Wounded Healer in Cross-Cultural Counseling

    1. Culture and Counseling: A Personal Retrospective (Clemmont E. Vontress)
    2. 'In the Therapist's Chair' Is Clemmont E. Vontress: A Culturally Wounded Healer in Cross-Cultural Counseling (Roy Moodley)
    3. A Theory of Apprehension?: Fanon, Vontress, and Cultural Identity; or, How Not to Get Stuck There (Rinaldo Walcott)

    PART TWO: Clemmont E. Vontress — An Inspiring Mentor in Cross-Cultural Counseling

    1. How Clemmont E. Vontress Inspired and Reinforced My Cross-Cultural Passion (Patricia Arredondo)
    2. Clemmont E. Vontress: Reflections of a Long-Distance Mentee (Farah A Ibrahim)
    3. My Apprenticeship to an Existentialist: Clemmont E. Vontress and His Therapeutic Philosophy (Lawrence R Epp)
    4. Counseling Across Cultures: The Work of Clemmont E. Vontress from 1976 to 2007 (Paul Pedersen)

    PART THREE: Clemmont E. Vontress — Challenging the Traditions of Transnational Counseling Contexts

    1. Clemmont E. Vontress and His Work within the Sociopolitical Context of the United States (Courtland C Lee and Jessica M Diaz)
    2. Clemmont E. Vontress and Multicultural Counseling in Canada (Nancy Arthur and Sandra Collins)
    3. Clemmont E. Vontress and British Multicultural Counseling (Valerie Watson)
    4. Clemmont E. Vontress, African Cultural Imperatives, and Traditional Healing (Olaniyi Bojuwoye)
    5. Clemmont E. Vontress and Cross-Cultural Counseling in the Caribbean (Ronald Marshall and Deone Curling)

    PART FOUR: Clemmont E. Vontress — Multiple Identities, Multiple Pathways, and Beyond

    1. Clemmont E. Vontress and the Ongoing Cultural Crisis in Counseling (Roy Moodley)
    2. Privileging Multiple Converging Identities in Counseling and Clemmont E. Vontress (Tracy L Robinson-Wood)
    3. African American Women, Race, and Gender Politics and the Work of Clemmont E. Vontress (Carmen Braun Williams)
    4. Reclaiming the Spirit: Clemmont E. Vontress and the Quest for Spirituality and Traditional Healing in Counseling (Patsy Sutherland and Roy Moodley)
    5. Paving the Path of Culture and Counselling: A Conversation with Clemmont E. Vontress (Tracy L Robinson-Wood)

    Postscript (Clemmont E Vontress)

    Contributors
    Index

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