Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, is an internationally known family therapy author, teacher, and clinician. A clinical psychologist, she is Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where she is also Director of Mental Health Services at the Student-Run Free Clinic. Past president of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), Dr. Falicov is a Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Orthopsychiatric Association and a recipient of AFTA’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Award. She serves on the advisory boards of several family therapy journals. Dr. Falicov is well known for her writings on family transitions, migration, and cultural perspectives in family therapy practice and training. Her current work focuses on addressing the mental health care needs of underserved families, facilitating empowerment groups for Latino parents, and training medical students to take into account the impact of migration and culture on health risks and strengths.
Introduction I. Overview 1. MECA: A Meeting Place for Culture and Therapy 2. Latino Diversity: Contexts and Cultures II. Migration and Acculturation 3. Journeys of Migration: Losses and Gains 4. Transnational Therapies: Separations and Reunifications 5. The Second-Generation Identity Struggles: Roots and Wings III. Ecological Contexts 6. Mental Health Disparities: The Need for Equal and Just Care 7. Religion, Spirituality, and Traditional Healing Practices 8. Racism, Ethnic Prejudice, and Discrimination 9. The Challenge of School and Work IV. Family Organization 10. The Persistence of Extended Kin 11. Couples: Presenting Issues and Approaches V. Family Life Cycle 12. Raising Children in Culture and Context 13. Adolescents and Parents Crossing Cultural Borders 14. Young, Middle, and Late Adulthood Transitions VI. Conclusion A Reflection: Finding Strengths