An Intersectional Approach to Counseling and Health

Cultivating a future generation of counseling scholars and practitioners who are able to effectively work with a diverse clientele in an era of globalization and rapid technological advances will require resources that attend to the complexity of human physical, social, and psychological experiences. This book series will make a substantial contribution to the training of mental health professionals and provide needed information to practicing professionals by drawing attention to the significant role intersecting social identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and socioeconomic status play with respect to mental and physical health. Books will be written at a level accessible to graduate students and to practicing professionals and would include discussions of telehealth, intersectionality, and health disparities.

Each book in the series will address identity factors in a manner that has practical applications for mental health professionals who work with patients suffering from medical conditions or mental disorders with significant medical complications. Each chapter of each volume will focus on a specific medical condition or illness and will include background information on the illness/condition (e.g., epidemiological data by subgroups and etiological models), relevant and empirically supported treatments and their efficacy with different populations, and an extensive case analysis that takes into account the influence of intersecting identities and recommends culturally competent interventions. Chapters will conclude with directions for future research. The target audience for the book series will be mental health and health service graduate students and professionals (e.g., counseling, psychology, pastoral counseling, and social work).