Creating Cultural Safety in Couple and Family Therapy

Supervision and Training

  • Robert Allan
  • Shruti Singh Poulsen

Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)

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About this book


This important resource offers theoretical and practical approaches to understanding and working with cultural realities in training and supervision, particularly in family therapy. Clinical wisdom, empirical findings, real-world examples, and hands-on suggestions demonstrate the vital role of building and sustaining cultural awareness, both in supervisory work with trainees and in therapists providing fair, effective, and relevant services to clients. In the book’s multiple perspectives on the complexities of cultural identity, the attainment of cultural safety is shown as an ongoing process, part of professional development as well as self-knowledge across the lifespan. Critical distinctions are also drawn between cultural safety and relatively static concepts within cross-cultural competencies.

Included in the coverage:

  • A framework for integrating an understanding of oppression dynamics in clinical work and supervision.
  • Expanding conversations about cultural responsiveness in supervision.
  • When dominant culture values meet diverse clinical settings: perspectives from an African American supervisor.
  • Safety and social justice in the supervisory relationship.
  • Towards safe and equitable relationships: sociocultural attunement in supervision.
  • Comprehensive multicultural curriculum: self-awareness as process.        
  • Developing cultural awareness and sensitivity through simulation.

Creating Cultural Safety in Couple and Family Therapy will enhance the work of social workers, mental health professionals, and practitioners working family therapy cases seeking perspectives on addressing diverse multicultural realities as they intersect with clinical supervision and training.


Integrative and cross cultural approaches Multicultural counseling Cultural attunement Cultural sensitivity Cultural responsiveness Marriage and family therapy Family Therapy Supervision Cultural Responsiveness in Supervision Social Justice and Family Therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Allan
    • 1
  • Shruti Singh Poulsen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.School of Education and Human DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

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