A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers

Jonathan Fishman presented A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers as part of a panel entitled Parental Socialization of Emotion and Values: Variation Across Ethnic Groups in North America on April 20th at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle.

Action Alert: Your Senator can support sexually exploited youth

Dear WestCoast Community,

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For commercially sexually exploited youth, these issues are combined. The WestCoast approach to raising awareness is to combine knowledge with action and advocacy. This week we’ll be in Sacramento to urge legislators to pass a bill that WestCoast and other advocates have crafted: SB 738: Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Minors.  Continue reading

New Report Highlights Solutions to California’s Child Sex Trafficking Problem

Dear WestCoast Community,

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the services, systems and public policies that impact the lives of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC), WestCoast has been participating as a member of the California Child Welfare Council’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Workgroup. The workgroup’s final product, the report described below, will be presented to the full Council next Wednesday, March 6th. Continue reading

Article by WestCoast staff listed as top ten cited in Journal of Personality Assessment

Training Assessors in Therapeutic Assessment by Marianne E. Haydel, Barbara L. Mercer, and Erin Rosenblatt was recently listed as one of the top ten cited articles from the Journal of Personality Assessment. The article focuses on the use of the comprehensive Therapeutic Assessment training model (Finn, 2007) with a child and his mother, and offers ideas about learning and training in the context of the case presented. You can access the article at this link.

WestCoast releases white paper on needs and strengths of sexually exploited minors

In July 2012, WestCoast released a research report with our findings from a two-year collaborative research project focused on the needs and strengths of Sexually Exploited Minors. The report includes mental health practice implications and policy recommendations. Download Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths to read more about what we found.

Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths

We are pleased to announce the release of WestCoast’s first research brief“Research to Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths.”  

The disturbing underground industry that thrives on selling children for sex is an alarming and complex problem that has no simple solution. But we’re dedicated to doing what it takes to end child sexual exploitation. Continue reading

Crossing the Cultural Divide: Issues in Translation, Mistrust, and Cocreation of Meaning in Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Assessment

Crossing the Cultural Divide: Issues in Translation, Mistrust, and Cocreation of Meaning in Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Assessment

published in the Journal of Personality Assessment Volume 94, Issue 3, 2012

by Audrey Rosenberg, Angelica Almeida & Heather Macdonald, WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California


This article examines cross-cultural therapeutic assessment in a community mental health clinic. The first case describes the work between a Caucasian assessor and a Mexican American family. The authors explore the metaphorical and literal translation of the findings from English to Spanish and the parallel process of translation of the self, experienced by both assessor and client. The second case describes the work between a Caucasian assessor and an African American adolescent. We describe the inherent challenge between the Eurocentric “task” orientation of the evaluation and the Afrocentric “relationship” orientation. We suggest that bridging the gap between cultures and overcoming cultural mistrust lay in the building of the assessor–client relationship. Fischer’s concepts of rapport and intimacy are emphasized and expanded on as we emphasize the importance of cocreated meaning in cross-cultural assessment work.

Visit the publisher’s website for access to the full article.