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Understanding Arab men. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, October 2009, Pages: 188
Understanding Arab men is based on an insightful thesis, which makes a distinct contribution to the field of family therapy theory and practice. It is based on an empirical study investigating Arab men’s experience of family therapy. This research skilfully weaves cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the patients’ background together with clinical expertise. Dr Yousry puts a powerful and compelling argument about how cultural specificity of current models of family therapy practice interferes with the effectiveness of the interventions. Consequently this might be a factor in Arab male patients’ dropping out of treatment. Dr Yousry's unique position in family therapy and his insights emphasize how disturbing it is that such a crucial oversight has not been picked up before. In this sense this book makes a crucial and much needed contribution to family therapy knowledge and practice. Dr Yousry also offers an insight into the psycho-social dilemmas facing Arab patients and consequently Western practitioners working with them. He provides a clear exploration of the miss-match between therapeutic models and patient’s need and makes recommendations for changes in practice.
Dr Menis Yousry is the founder of the Essence Foundation www.essence-foundation.com. He started his career as an artist,designer and actor. He holds BSc degrees in Art and Psychology and MSc and Doctorate degrees in Family Therapy from the University of London. He practices as a family therapist for the National Health Service in the UK.