Findings from theWPA's 'Working Group on Migrant, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Patients' that provide guidance on ensuring the inclusion of cultural psychiatry
and psychotherapy as part of an educational curricula at undergraduate level.
International Western psychiatry tends to bracket 'spiritual' matters with (trans-) cultural psychiatry
, usually seen as pertaining to peoples or cultures that are non-secular and Western; it is therefore possible that Western psychiatrists and patients may experience blind spots when examining their own culture, its soul-searching and malaises.
For more on suicide by African Americans, see Alston and Anderson; Committee on Cultural Psychiatry
Editors' Note: This is the first installment of Curbside Consult, written by two Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) committees --the Committee on Family Psychiatry and the Committee on Cultural Psychiatry