ERIC Number: ED305550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Counseling Issues with Immigrant Families.
Ham, MaryAnna Domokos-Cheng
With the dramatic increase of newly arrived immigrants, it is time for counselors to heighten their awareness of the special issues confronting immigrant families and to consider therapeutic paradigms for assisting immigrant families in their assimilation to the United States. Immigration families undergo cultural transition as they migrate from their country of origin to their adopted country. In the three phases of migration (pre-migration, migration, post-migration), the beliefs and traditions of the immigrant families are challenged. In the process of migration, important family and cultural traditions cannot be expressed or acknowledged in a newly adopted country. Although immigrant families may experience stress and often may assess family dysfunction themselves, immigrant families may not seek treament for their members. Counselors will need to know the immigrant family's world view, interpersonal process, family and institutional roles, and customs. Immigrant families not only bring to counseling situations some imminent problem identified either by the immigrants themselves or by some institution that is involved in their daily life, but they carry with them the experiences of their pre-migration, migration, and post-migration experiences. The immigrant family and the counselor must be mutually involved in a process of conversation in order to identify the needs and concerns of the immigrant family. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Boston, MA, March 15-18, 1989).