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Importance of acknowledging racial and cultural differences: Please don't let me be misunderstood

  • Xavier Coll (a1)
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It is important to explore and interpret the dynamics of cultural differences and racism in clinical work. Race and culture often play a significant role in any psychotherapeutic relationship. Vignettes and clinical narratives are used to illustrate that they can be a useful vehicle for the expression of transferences, demonstrating how basic concepts of psychotherapy apply to cross-cultural interactions.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Importance of acknowledging racial and cultural differences: Please don't let me be misunderstood

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