She is passionate about suicide prevention, cultural psychiatry
, and psycho-education.
(CP) can still claim to be a young discipline, in spite of the ancient role of culture and cultural factors and practices in mental health and mental illness.
Laurence Kirmayer and Maxwell Ramstead close out the book with a chapter on cultural psychiatry
, arguing that embodied cognition and enactivist approaches can contribute much to this field of inquiry.
With the concepts of cultural psychiatry
and therapeutic alliance, we learn to work within our patients' models of disease to enhance their response to treatment.
Textbook of cultural psychiatry
. Cambridge University Press; pp.
One contributing factor might be a concept drawn from the world of cultural psychiatry
: Acculturation - the process of balancing two competing cultural influences.
[1.] Division of Social and Cultural Psychiatry
, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Contributing to the emerging field of cultural psychiatry
, psychiatrists consider assessment, in the broad sense of understanding a patient sufficiently to formulate a treatment approach, rather than diagnosis in the narrow meaning of a descriptive categorization.
World Cultural Psychiatry
Research Review 2013;8(1):8-20.
(61.) Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Committee on Cultural Psychiatry
. Cultural Assessment in Clinical Psychiatry.
Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry
. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Clinician's guide to cultural psychiatry
. San Diego, CA: Academic Press; 2003.