Appalachian Americans: Issues and Concerns for Counseling and Psychotherapy


Daya Singh Sandhu (Senior Editor)
Professor of Doctorate Program in Counselor Education & Supervision and Director of Research at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY, USA

Jeffrey Parsons (Co-Editor)
Professor of counseling and Director of the Counselor Education & Supervision Program, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY, USA

Quentin Hunter (Co-Editor)
Assistant Professor of Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY, USA

Series: Cultural Studies in the Third Millennium, Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY010000

Appalachian Americans: Issues and Concerns for Counseling and Psychotherapy, an edited book, by Drs. Daya Singh Sandhu, Jeffrey Parsons, and Quentin Hunter, has recently made debut in the fields of multicultural and cross-cultural scholarship and practice as sui generis, a unique book of its kind in many ways. This is perhaps one of the few books that brings counseling needs and mental health problems of the Appalachian people at the forefront for the first time. Generally, Appalachian Americans have been neglected, overlooked, or just forgotten in the past.

Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when culturally different, racially diverse, and people of color started getting attention as an integral part of the American society, multiculturalism became one of the major research interests of social scientists. As a result, most of the multicultural scholarship focused on the cultural identity, cultural worldviews, cultural values of five major racial groups which included, European Americans, African Americans, Latina/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.

Appalachian Americans: Issues and Concerns for Counseling and Psychotherapy is very different, unique, and distinct from most of the previous multicultural publications. This book is not based on the racial or cultural identity of the Appalachian people, it is distinctly based on the issues relating to social marginalization, economic and social injustices, and inequities. It focuses much of its attention on the impact of the oppression and social marginalization on Appalachian people’s lives.

In its very first and rare attempt, this powerful book explores and discusses the effects of geography on the personality and special rules for living on the Appalachian Americans. Appalachian trails, also called trails of tears, have been sadly neglected by the multicultural scholarship and institutions of higher learning. While people in the other parts of the country enjoy beautiful sceneries of mountains and their ranges, but people from Appalachia living on the same mountains call their challenges of life as mountains of problems.
The contributors of this book are commended for opening new vistas and visions for the Appalachian people to tread proudly and fearlessly on many unbeaten paths of their lives without worrying about becoming prisoners of mountains.

More than ethnic, cultural, and racial conflicts, Appalachian people face more economical and environmental racism and discriminations mostly caused by the big corporations who are hungry for coal from the Appalachia. Many authors have discussed issues relating to social, psychological, and environmental needs of the Appalachian people and offered strategies of social justice and advocacy to deal with poverty, injustices, and social marginalization that is so prevalent in the Appalachian Land.

The aim of this textbook is to address the mental health problems and counseling needs of the Appalachian people and it is indispensable for mental health professionals, professional counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and all other people interested in the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the Appalachian people. I hope it will adorn your home library soon.

Daya Singh Sandhu
August 29, 2019
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Section I: Appalachian Americans: Some Cultural Perspectives

Chapter 1: Appalachian Americans: The Invisible Minority
(S. Bradley Grot and Tommie Saragas)

Chapter 2: Appalachian-Americans’ Collectivist Values: Implications for Counseling
(Nicole Schnopp-Wyatt)

Chapter 3: Reckoning Appalachia: Considerations for Culturally Counseling in an Appalachian Context
(Greg Phelps and Benson T. Sexton)

Chapter 4: Value Systems and Mental Health Awareness in Appalachia: Exploration of Wellness and Quality of Life
(Patrice C. Callery)

Section II: Appalachian Americans: Counseling for Some Special Issues and Concerns

Chapter 5. Implications for Complicated Grief in Appalachia
(William Haynes)

Chapter 6. Identification and Treatment of Dyslexia in Appalachian School Systems
(Amber K Hord-Helme, Anna Settle and Hannah Coyt)

Chapter 7. Career Counseling and Development in Appalachia
(Amber N. Hugh)

Chapter 8. Climbing the Stone Wall: Clinical Resistance in Appalachian-American
(Matthew Culbreath and Steven W. Patrick)

Chapter 9. Appalachia, My Heart, My Home: Some Personal Experiences and
(Hanna Coyt)

Appalachian Young Woman’s Struggles: A Critical Appraisal and Appreciation of an Autobiographical
(Daya Singh Sandhu)

Section III: Appalachian Americans: Families, Gender, and Sexual Issues and Considerations

Chapter 10. Men in Appalachia: Considerations for Counselors
(Kimberly M. LaFollette, Warren Lambert, and Arlene Cotton)

Chapter 11. Play Therapy with Appalachian Youth
(Aaron S. Hymes and Adam W. Carter)

Chapter 12. Appalachian Single Mothers Attending College
(Hannah Coyt, Anna Settle and Amber K. Hord-Helme)

Chapter 13. Domestic Violence in Appalachia: Changing the Culture of Abuse and Trauma
(Carson Economy and Tina Marie Glover)

Chapter 14. Counseling Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Appalachian Clients: An Intersectional Approach
(Warren E. Lambert and Patrick B. McGrady)

Chapter 15. Trans-affirmative Counseling with Family Members of People Identifying as Transgender
(Mona Gallo and Jason Coffey)

Chapter 16. Counseling Latino and Spanish-Speaking Clients
(Daniel Romero)

Section IV: Appalachian Americans and Substance Use Disorders (A Special Contribution)

Chapter 17. Vocational Rehabilitation Concerns for Adults with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions in Appalachia
(Tyra Turner Whittaker and Debra Harley)

Chapter 18. Engaging Rural Clients with Substance Abuse Concerns Through the Use of Motivational Interviewing
(Darlene B. Vaugh)

Chapter 19. Promoting Effective Treatment and Public Health Efforts to Combat Use of Smokeless Tobacco Products among Appalachian Male Adults and Youth
(Amber K. Hord-Helme and Donald W. Helme, Jr)

Chapter 20. Diversity Assessment Scale: Indicators of Diversity Implementation in Higher Education
(Daya Singh Sandhu, Patrice C. Callery, and Kimberly Brown)

Section V: Appalachian Americans: From Perspectives of Multiculturalism

Chapter 21: Appalachia and Appalachian Americans
(Daya Singh Sandhu)

Chapter 22: Multicultural, Diversity, and Minority Issues: Some Selected Concepts
(Daya Singh Sandhu)

Chapter 23. Final Reflections: An Epilogue
(Daya Singh Sandhu)

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