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Dialectical Behavior and Deaf Clients

The Newly Revised Edition Delves Further into Deaf Mental Health

“Following several publications on best practices in providing mental health services to deaf individuals,” shares Irene W. Leigh, editor of the second edition of Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups, “the first edition of this book broke new ground as the first single volume to present a compendium of perspectives on mental health work with diverse subcomponents of the deaf community.” Ten years later, the field has developed even further, as is demonstrated by this completely revised and updated second edition.

“Deaf people come from diverse cultures and live varying cultural lifestyles. Psychotherapists working with deaf clients from diverse groups should attune not only to relevant group attributes but also to the ways in which the interaction between these attributes and the deaf dimension play themselves out during the therapeutic process. This premise has influenced the direction I have chosen for this book, specifically the focus on psychotherapeutic approaches within a diversity framework. Using this paradigm, I asked the contributing authors to reflect on the specific cultures and lifestyles of clients within the deaf community with which they feel an affinity. These reflections explore the authors’ perspectives of the deaf/Deaf constituencies they work with, the mental health issues within these communities, the consequences for individual life directions, and the treatment approaches that work best. This sets the foundation for the entire book.”

This new edition provides a new chapter that expands information on therapy for Latino deaf clients. Three new chapters focus on other deaf populations — deaf college students, recipients of cochlear implants, and deaf elderly clients. It also includes new information on the treatment of deaf survivors of sexual abuse and deaf clients with chemical dependency and an outline of dialectical behavior therapy for deaf clients.

Read “Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Deaf Clients: Cultural and Linguistic Modifications for Outpatient Mental Health Settings,” and order the second edition of Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients from Diverse Groups at a 20% savings off the regular price. For online orders, type “JUN2010” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button. You may also order by mail.

Reference and Research Book News recently highlighted Deaf History and Culture in Spain: A Reader of Primary Sources stating: “Even though sign language has been recognize[d] as an independent language in many countries, there are still misconceptions about the existence of a Deaf Culture. Fraser, a hearing scholar who has studied both ASL and Spanish as foreign languages, has translated Spanish documents and literature from the fifteenth century to the present in order to trace the development of deaf education and the growth of deaf culture. He stresses the insistence that many people still have on the deaf learning to speak and chronicles attempts to do this over the years. The voices of the deaf are heard in several of the contemporary articles, including angry arguments for the recognition of their language as valid. In choosing his sources, Fraser differentiates between the experiences of those who were born deaf or lost their hearing before learning to speak and those who lost hearing in later life. The exception to this is the section of poetry in which the state of the authors is not always given. One of the loveliest is that written by Dopin to her hearing daughters. For those interested in deaf history or the study of marginalized groups, this reader is a wonderful source.” In this volume of primary sources, editor and translator Benjamin Fraser presents 44 Spanish documents — translated into English — dating from 1417 to the present which trace the turbulent history of Deaf culture in Spain. View the table of contents and read Fraser’s introduction, and order Deaf History and Culture in Spain.

Wisconsin Bookwatch, the library newsletter from The Midwest Book Review gives high marks to Christopher Stone’s recently released title, noting, “The sixth volume in the outstanding Studies in Interpretation series from Gallaudet University Press, Toward a Deaf Translation Norm by Christopher Stone is a 224-page study of the emergence of the profession of Deaf translators and interpreters which has arisen due to the increasing inclusion of the hearing impaired in business, education, popular culture, government, and other aspects of contemporary society. Drawing upon his years of experience and expertise, Stone notes the increasing numbers of translators and interpreters working with and for the deaf and provides perspective on the future evolution of these services in an age of the internet and mass communications. Of special note is the concluding chapter on deaf translation norms. Enhanced with an appendix, references, and an index, Toward a Deaf Translation Norm is a seminal contribution for personal, professional, and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.” Read more about this volume in chapter one, “Interpreting and Translation”, and order your copy here.

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