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Initiating conversations on sensitive topics, including race, gender, ability and political ideology can be tough. Many people also find it difficult to keep such dialogues constructive. Cognitive behavioral psychologists Anatasia S. Kim and Alicia del Prado designed an eight-step model to help you investigate the goals and values underlying your desire to discuss difficult subjects. Their book will guide you in approaching hard conversations with empathy and with understanding toward those who might hold opposing views.
About the Authors
Therapist Anatasia S. Kim, PhD, is a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, where therapist Alicia Del Prado, PhD, is a tenured associate professor. Del Prado publishes in multicultural psychology and co-founded the Asian American Psychology Association’s (AAPA) Division on Asian Americans with Multiple Heritages (DoAAMH).