Culture is also a shared meaning created by people from different historical and geographic background represented through different roles, rituals, and symbols. As a therapist, when I worked with an individual client, I strive to create a shared meaning with my clients through their narratives. When I work with the couples, I help them to understand their narratives to create a shared meaning in their family.
The implication here is that, as a therapist, our job is not just about knowing the so-called “Hispanic culture” but also how the clients made sense of their own culture through their interaction with the mainstream culture as a child. Also, how do they make sense or how do they develop these experiences into certain meanings to guide their lives?
by understanding the history of the country of origin, it helps to assess the questions regarding the family factors
I struggled to continue writing this series of article for a few weeks. My original writing plan is to share my experiences working with various immigrant populations. I have started to work on the Hispanic population, but I got stuck. After going back and forth and reading through the literature reviews, I realized two reasons.… Continue reading [Working with Immigrants] Self-Assessment as a Provider
Family resilience can be defined as a multilevel process of interaction between families and other systems in complex or challenging environments that facilitates a family’s capacity to cope with adversity over time. (Dr. Ungar, 2015)
...an individual’s decision to immigrate and the chances to be successful in the immigration country was not an individual but a family decision ...
The idea to share my experience working with immigrant population has been on my mind for a while. As a therapist who is an immigrant myself, I often have clients whose native language is Chinese or whose family of origin is Chinese seeking my assistance because of my ability to speak Mandarin Chinese and… Continue reading [Working with Immigrant] Introduction