Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Chicano Ethnic Unconscious: Multiculturalism and Depth Psychotherapy
by Gutierrez, Ruben, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 74; 1514025
Abstract (Summary)

In recognition of the absence of the presentation of depth psychological approaches to multicultural issues in graduate level courses and texts, hermeneutic and heuristic research methodologies are applied to explore depth-oriented psychotherapeutic issues and techniques for working with Chicano clients. Students and practitioners can be more effective in making depth psychotherapy more accessible to the Chicano population by gaining a solid understanding of how the ethnic unconscious informs the worldview and self-identity of both clinician and patient. Chicano worldview and cultural meaning are explored within the context of a common history, belief systems, and cultural values that inform the Chicano psyche. The myth of Aztlán and nine cultural themes affecting Chicano worldview and self-identity are discussed in addition to how depth therapeutic approaches, including dream analysis, can be modified to more empathically embrace the Chicano psyche. A case study, wherein the author and his analyst work on a dream presenting imagery from the author’s ethnic unconscious, is presented as an example of how the methods discussed can be clinically applied.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O, Jorge de la
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology
Publication Number: 1514025
ISBN: 978-1-267-39760-7
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