Re-Visioning Family Therapy

Third Edition
Addressing Diversity in Clinical Practice

Edited by Monica McGoldrick and Kenneth V. Hardy

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A leading text for courses that go beyond the basics of family systems theory, intervention techniques, and diversity, this influential work has now been significantly revised with 65% new material. The volume explores how family relationships—and therapy itself—are profoundly shaped by race, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other intersecting dimensions of marginalization and privilege. Chapters from leading experts guide the practitioner to challenge assumptions about family health and pathology, understand the psychosocial impact of oppression, and tap into clients' cultural resources for healing. Practical clinical strategies are interwoven with theoretical insights, case examples, training ideas, and therapists' reflections on their own cultural and family legacies.

New to This Edition

“McGoldrick and Hardy have done it again with this third edition of their book on family therapy. As excellent as the first two editions (1998 and 2008), this update is needed because of all the multicultural changes we see around us….Clearly written with practitioners in mind, this is an excellent guide for students training to become family therapists at the master’s or doctoral level. It is also invaluable for clinicians in the trenches working with marginalized populations….The authors are more than well known nationally and internationally in the field of family therapy; they are living legends and role models for past and future generations of clinicians working with families.”

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“This outstanding, transformative book views family therapy through a multicultural perspective, encompassing ethnicity, social class, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and spirituality. It contains the cultural legacies and rich personal stories of therapists who share their experiences with suffering, oppression, and, most powerfully, resilience. The third edition is a rich resource that should be required reading in every graduate program in our field. It presents an in-depth discussion of the most current, important clinical issues, and conveys with deep compassion a vision for the future.”

—Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“The uniformly excellent chapters in this book make abundantly clear that the goal in learning about families and diversity is not to achieve some static level of 'cultural competence,' but, rather, to adopt a spirit of humility, excitement, and respectful curiosity about the lives of others. The third edition represents the next step in our field's understanding of diversity and of the forces that promote—or, more often, impede—social justice. A major focus is on the self of the therapist and the core ingredients of a healing, empowering therapeutic relationship. This spectacular book should be read by students at all levels of training, as well as by established mental health professionals.”

—Peter Fraenkel, PhD, Department of Psychology, The City College of the City University of New York

“This essential volume highlights the critical intersection of family therapy and culture. I find the emphasis on sociocultural trauma in the third edition to be especially relevant to our times. Family therapists and those in training will benefit tremendously from this timely update.”

—Ling Lam, PhD, lecturer, Counseling Psychology Department, Santa Clara University

“This volume offers crucial and immensely practical insights for promoting diversity competence among clinicians. I am grateful to be able to use the third edition in my courses and training seminars on couple and family therapy, as the contributors integrate textured intersectional perspectives with self-of-the-therapist transparency and clinical wisdom. We desperately need many more clinicians who embody a measure of the diversity knowledge, awareness, and skill revealed in this volume. This is a book I will repeatedly study and one that is informing my own diversity competence growth plan.”

—Steven J. Sandage, PhD, LP, Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute, Boston University

“Without candy-coating the social injustices witnessed in our daily newsfeeds, this classic work invites hope for the next generation of therapists and the families they serve. The third edition reminds us that transformation must touch every level of human interaction; in particular, lessons of intersectionality abound, with the caution not to silo people into simple categories. New and revised chapters come from cutting-edge thinkers who communicate clinical wisdom in sociocultural contexts, often through the power of personal story. Suitable for graduate-level courses, this text makes a significant contribution.”

—Claudia Grauf-Grounds, PhD, LMFT, Professor Emerita, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Seattle Pacific University

“Giving the student, therapist, and supervisor access to a diverse range of clinical voices, this text maps the terrain of culture, privilege, oppression, and resilience. In the third edition, McGoldrick and Hardy have brought together stellar contributors to encourage an ever-expanding dialogue. By situating lived experience as a valid starting point for systemic reflection, this book widens the scope of what may be considered evidence of strength, marks of oppression, and signs of overcoming in family relationships. It guides us to notice and draw from the rich personal and systemic wells that influence the therapeutic conversation and compel us to pursue societal change.”

—Sharon Y. Ramsay, MDiv, RP, RMFT, private practice, Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

I. Theoretical Perspectives

1. The Power of Naming, Monica McGoldrick & Kenneth V. Hardy sample

2. Re-Visioning Gender, Re-Visioning Power: Equity, Accountability, and Refusing to Silo, Deidre Ashton & Christian Jordal

3. Social Class, Economic Inequality, and the American Dream, Froma Walsh

4. The Sociocultural Trauma of Poverty: Theoretical and Clinical Considerations for Working with Poor Families, Kenneth V. Hardy

5. Spirituality, Suffering, and Resilience, Froma Walsh

II. Sociocultural Trauma and Homelessness

6. Homelessness and the Spiritual Meaning of Home, Monica McGoldrick

7. Transnational Journeys, Celia Jaes Falicov

8. Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain: Hope, Culture, and Therapy, Paulette Moore Hines

9. Toward a Psychology of the Oppressed: Understanding the Invisible Wounds of Trauma, Kenneth V. Hardy

III. Racial Identity

10. Native American Identity Transformation: Integrating a Naming Ceremony with Family Therapy, Rockey Robbins & Sharla Robbins

11. Letting My Spirits Guide Me: Multicultural and Multiracial Legacies, Nydia Garcia Preto

12. Moving toward Multiracial Legitimacy: A Personal Reflection, MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham

13. On Being a Black Dominican, Ana M. Hernandez

14. Facing the Black Shadow: Power from the Inside Out, Marlene F. Watson

15. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work in Women’s Studies, Peggy McIntosh

16. Dismantling White Male Privilege within Family Therapy, Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio

17. The Inevitable Whiteness of Being (White): Whiteness and Intersectionality in Family Therapy Practice and Training, Jodie Kliman, Hinda Winawer, & David Trimble

18. Brown in America: Living with Racial and Religious Bias, Kiran Shahreen Kaur Arora

IV. Cultural Legacies and Stories: Therapists' Experiences

19. Black Genealogy Revisited: Restorying an African American Family, Elaine Pinderhughes

20. White Privilege, Pathological Shame and Guilt, and the Perversion of Morality, Robert Shelby

21. The Discovery of My Multicultural Identity, Fernando Colón-López

22. Going Home: One Orphan’s Journey from Chicago to Poland and Back, John Folwarski

23. Hyperlinked Identity: A Generative Resource in a Divisive World, Saliha Bava

24. The Semitism Schism, Revisited: Jewish–Palestinian Legacies in a Family Therapy Training Context, Linda Stone Fish & Donna Dallal-Ferne

25. No Single-Issue Lives: Identity Transitions and Transformations across the Life Cycle, Elijah C. Nealy

V. Implications for Clinical Practice

26. Working with LGBT Families, Elijah C. Nealy

27. Same-Sex Couples: Successful Coping with Minority Stress, Robert-Jay Green

28. Working with Immigrant and Refugee Families, Hugo Kamya & Marsha Pravder Mirkin

29. Therapy with Heterosexual Black Couples through a Racial Lens, Kenneth V. Hardy & Christiana I. Awosan

30. A Fifth-Province Approach to Intracultural Issues in an Irish Context: Marginal Illuminations, Imelda Colgan McCarthy & Nollaig O’Reilly Byrne

31. The Power of Song to Promote Healing, Hope, and Justice: Lessons from the African American Experience, Salome Raheim

32. Interracial Asian Couples: Beyond Black and White, Tazuko Shibusawa

VI. Implications for Training

33. Re-Visioning Family Therapy Training, Kenneth V. Hardy & Monica McGoldrick

34. Social Justice in Family Therapy Training: The Power of Personal and Family Narratives, Matthew R. Mock

35. Teaching about Racism and the Implications for Practice, Norma Akamatsu

36. A Letter to Family Therapists in the 21st Century, Evan Imber-Black

VII. Implications of Research for Clinical Practice

37. Ways of Knowing: Cultural Bias Pitfalls to Avoid When Using Research to Inform Practice, Sarita Kaya Davis

38. Relational Healing and Organizational Change in the Time of Evidence, Ken Epstein

VIII. Larger Systems Work: How to Build Bridges Across The Divide

39. Expanding Bowen’s Concept of Societal Emotional Processes through Historic Ethnography: An Anthropological Exploration of the Human Connection with the Environment, Joanne Bowen

40. An Application of Bowen Family Systems Theory in Child Welfare, Walter Howard Smith, Jr.


About the Editors

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), is Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her videos on clinical work with diverse families are among the most widely respected in the field. Her numerous books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, and Re-Visioning Family Therapy, Third Edition. Ms. McGoldrick is a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. An internationally known author, she has lectured around the world on such topics as culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, and loss.

Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, is Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. He is also President and Founder of the Eikenberg Academy of Social Justice. Dr. Hardy is a recipient of honors including the Distinguished Contribution to Marriage and Family Counseling Award from the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors and the Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. He maintains a private practice in New York City specializing in family therapy.


N. Norma Akamatsu, MSW, private practice, Northampton, Massachusetts

Kiran Shahreen Kaur Arora, PhD, School of Education, Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York

Deidre Ashton, MSSW, private practice; The Therapy Center of Philadelphia; The Race Institute for K–12 Educators; and Widener University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christiana I. Awosan, MFT, PhD, Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

Saliha Bava, LMFT, PhD, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York; Taos Institute, Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Houston Galveston Institute, Houston, Texas

Joanne Bowen, PhD, Anthropology Department, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

Nollaig Byrne, MD, Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Mater Misericordia Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Fernando Colón-López, PhD, Ann Arbor Center for the Family, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Donna Dallal-Ferne, LMFT, private practice, Syracuse, New York

Sarita Kaya Davis, PhD, MSW, Department of African American Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, LMFT, SPHR, GreenGate Leadership, LLC, Palmer, Massachusetts

Ken Epstein, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, and Department of Public Health, San Francisco, California

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Linda Stone Fish, PhD, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Falk College, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

John D. Folwarski, MSW, Raritan Bay Mental Health Center, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Nydia Garcia Preto, LCSW, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, New Jersey

Robert-Jay Green, PhD, Rockway Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, California

MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng Ham, EdD, LCP, LMFT, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, Eikenberg Institute for Relationships, New York, New York; Department of Family Therapy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ana M. Hernandez, PhD, LMFT, Rising Ground, Inc., Yonkers, New York; Seton Hall University, East Orange, New Jersey

Paulette Moore Hines, PhD, private practice, training, and consultation; Center for Healthy Schools, Families, and Communities, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey

Evan Imber-Black, PhD, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York; Center for Families and Health, Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, New York

Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT, CST, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hugo Kamya, PhD, School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusett

Jodie Kliman, PhD, Clinical Psychology Department, William James College, Newton, Massachusetts; Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices, Boston, Massachusetts

Imelda Colgan McCarthy, MSW, PhD, private practice, Dublin, Ireland

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, New Jersey; Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, New Jersey

Peggy McIntosh, PhD, Wellesley College Centers for Research on Women, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Marsha Pravder Mirkin, PhD, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education, Lasell College, Newton, Massachusetts

Matthew R. Mock, PhD, Counseling Psychology Program, John F. Kennedy University, San Jose, California; private practice, Berkeley, California

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW, Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut

Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW, Boston College School of Social Work, Boston, Massachusetts

Salome Raheim, PhD, ACSW, School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York

Rockey Robbins, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Sharla Robbins, PhD, private practice, Norman, Oklahoma

Robert Shelby, LMFT, Men’s Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Berkeley, California

Tazuko Shibusawa, PhD, LCSW, Silver School of Social Work, New York University, New York, New York

Walter Howard Smith, Jr., PhD, Department of Human Services, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David Trimble, PhD, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Froma Walsh, MSW, PhD, Chicago Center for Family Health; and School of Social Service Administration and Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Marlene F. Watson, PhD, Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hinda Winawer, MSW, LCSW, private practice; Princeton Family Institute, Princeton, New Jersey; The Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Princeton, New Jersey; Faculty Emerita, Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, New York


Students and instructors in family therapy, clinical psychology, social work, psychiatry, mental health and pastoral counseling, and psychiatric nursing; therapists and counselors working with families.

Course Use

Serves as a text in courses on family therapy, clinical practice with families, and diversity and multiculturalism in clinical practice.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Second Edition, © 2008
ISBN: 9781593854270

First Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572308244
New to this edition: