Enns co-edits psychology textbook

Carol Zerbe Enns, professor of psychology at Cornell College, is lead editor of “Psychological Practice With Women: Guidelines, Diversity, Empowerment,” released this week by the American Psychological Association Press.

Carol Zerbe Enns, professor of psychology at Cornell College.
Carol Zerbe Enns, professor of psychology at Cornell College.

Enns, who won the Florence Denmark and Mary Reuder award for outstanding international contributions to the psychology of women and gender from the American Psychological Association in October 2013, was one of three co-editors, and also contributed to four chapters. She and Sayaka Machizawa ’01, a Cornell College graduate who now works at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, co-wrote a chapter titled “Transnational Psychological Practice With Women: Perspectives from East Asia and Japan.”

The APA described the work as ambitious, saying:

The ambitious goal of this book is to transform how mental health practitioners understand and treat diverse groups of women. Doing so involves thinking in more nuanced ways about women’s multiple identities that are formed from the complex interplay of ethnic and racial background, social class, sexual orientation, ability/disability status, religion, age, and other factors.

The chapters, which are written by authors of diverse backgrounds, are chock full of helpful perspectives, techniques, and case studies. They reflect the experience of women who have lived and studied the research on the social identities they discuss and thus convey a depth of understanding of women’s experiences as “outsiders-within.”

While grounded in the “APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Girls and Women,” the volume also integrates other guidelines for affirmative practice with diverse groups (e.g., multicultural; disability; and lesbian, gay, and bisexual guidelines). It will enhance readers’ practice with all women.

In addition to teaching in the psychology department, Enns teaches courses in the ethnic studies and the gender, sexuality, and women’s studies programs. She’s the author of “Feminist Theories and Psychotherapies” and co-editor of “Teaching and Social Justice” and the “Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology.”