Improving Cultural Competence – NCBI Bookshelf Excerpt The development of culturally-responsive clinical skills is vital to the effectiveness of behavioral health services. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), cultural competence “refers to the ability to honor and respect the beliefs, languages, interpersonal styles, and behaviors of individuals and families receiving services, […]
McGill Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry, June 2014 Jaswant Guzder, MD Racialized embodiment of ethnic difference has identity implications for visible minorities and may constitute a development line that runs parallel to that of gender identity with similar progression over the life cycle. Internalization of racialized identity and racism is a complex process that involves […]
Thinking about racism and discrimination should begin with the recognition that ‘race’ is a social construction with no solid foundation in biology. Hence, the term ‘race’ itself is deeply problematic and we should avoid reproducing the categories it is part of. In Canada, the term ‘racialized groups’ has gained favour because it draws attention to this […]
Telethon Kids Institute – Working Together 2nd Edition. We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Edition of Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental and Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2014 is now available online. The editors are Pat Dudgeon, Helen Milroy and Roz Walker. The book is intended for staff and students and all health practitioners […]
Lost in Translation: Mental Health of Newcomers – New Canadian Media An interview with Dr. Jaswant Guzder on issues of access to mental health care for immigrants and refugees and the importance of interpreters. Includes discussion of suicide, psychosis, depression, and cultural consultation. Lost in Translation: Mental Health of Newcomers – New Canadian Media – […]
Members of racial or ethnic minority groups benefit just as much from psychotherapy as do members of the white majority in Western countries, according to a report in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Researchers from Vrije Universiteit (VU), University Amsterdam, and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research looked at 56 randomized, controlled trials among adults […]
Ontario steps in to fund health care for refugees. OTTAWA — A year and a half after the federal government cut health funding for many refugees, Ontario has begun to pick up the slack, something that comes as a relief to members of Ottawa’s refugee community. Ontario steps in to fund health care for refugees.