Therapist Self-disclosure and Culturally Competent Care with Mexican-American Court Mandated Clients: A Phenomenological Study

George W. Bitar, Thomas Kimball, J. Maria Bermúdez, Cora Drew

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Abstract

Therapist self-disclosure (TSD) is a skill with numerous potential benefits and risks for the therapeutic alliance. While its effects have been established, little empirical research has examined the impact of TSD in cross-cultural treatment settings with court-mandated clients, a context with unique considerations. In an effort to help fill this gap, results of a phenomenological study examining the effects of TSD on Mexican-American men working with Anglo American therapists in a mandated treatment setting are presented. The results of this study indicate that TSD is a culturally competent intervention with several benefits for mandated clients, including strengthening the therapeutic alliance, normalizing client problems, lessening the therapist-client hierarchy, and modeling the acceptability of self-disclosure. Clinical and marriage and family therapy educational implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-425
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Court mandated treatment
  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • Cultural competence
  • Masculinity
  • Mexican-American men
  • Therapist self-disclosure

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