Herausgeber: Alexander Thomas
Cultural diversity – how psychologists can meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities
Culture and diversity are both challenge and opportunity. This volume looks at what psychologists are and can be doing to help society meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities in education, at work, and in clinical practice. The increasingly international and globalized nature of modern societies means that psychologists in particular face new challenges and have new opportunities in all areas of practice and research.
The contributions from leading European experts cover relevant intercultural issues and topics in areas as diverse as personality, education and training, work and organizational psychology, clinical and counselling psychlogy, migration and international youth exchanges.
As well as looking at the new challenges and opportunities that psychologists face in dealing with people from increasingly varied cultural backgrounds, perhaps more importantly they also explain and discuss how psychologists can deepen and acquire the intercultural competencies that are now needed in our professional lives.
"This book delivers vital insights into how European psychologists can meet the challenges posed by cultural and ethnic diversity. It provides researchbased evidence of the importance of developing intercultural competencies as part of the psychology curriculum at bachelor and master levels, discussing important theoretical, conceptual, and ethical aspects. It’s a book that we were all waiting for, and will be useful not only to psychologist practitioners and students, but also to stakeholders and policy makers in education."
Bruna Zani, Professor of Social and Community Psychology, Department of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy; EFPA Executive Council Member
"This book offers us the tools to understand and work in a globalised world, where the challenges of cultural and ethnic diversity are present daily and defy the traditional ways of dealing with problems. European professionals must be prepared for this new world, and develop the competencies to help people from very different backgrounds and origins as they become part of our societies as fellow citizens."
Telmo Mourinho Baptista, President of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA), Professor of Psychotherapy andHealth Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon, Portugal