Therapy with Intercultural Couples
5 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $49.00
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
This course was produced in collaboration between Taylor & Francis, PLC and the Zur Institute, Inc.
The Zur Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
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General Course Description
Intercultural couples are increasingly common in the United States. A recent Pew Institute report, based on the 2010 Census, notes that a record 1 in 12 couples are interracial. Therapists need to supplement their training by knowing the unique interpersonal characteristics of interracial couples--their issues as well as their strengths. Often, interracial couples cope with their differences and with societal pressures by minimizing their differences and conflicts, and while they may appear untroubled and conflict-free, important subterranean issues may be creating interpersonal and intra-psychic issues that are not readily apparent or that may appear as other issues which are diversionary. Not just therapists but supervisors as well need to be aware of the unique dynamics of intercultural relationships. Such couples are more likely to be seen in therapy and thus will increasingly appear in case consultations. In addition, as interculturalism becomes more prevalent, some of these issues may also surface in intercultural supervisor-supervisee relationships.
This course presents a general overview of the problems and strengths associated with intercultural couples, as well as prevalence statistics. It examines therapy orientations that encourage therapists to be more open to their curiosity about their clients and more aware of how their own implicit biases and assumptions can adversely affect therapy. It also sensitizes supervisors to supervising therapists of different cultures or therapists with multicultural couples, especially Asian-White, Hispanic-White, and Black-White couples. Resources for further studies on therapy with intercultural couples are provided.