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Cultural Psychiatry

The Canadian Psychiatric Association maintains a website with a useful set of videos, clips, readings, and materials for clinical training in cultural psychiatry. In collaboration with the Standing Committee on Education, the Section has produced guidelines on training in cultural psychiatry (also available in French).

Annual McGill Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry

The Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University in Montreal offers training in culture and mental health for scholars, researchers, and clinicians. There are graduate-level courses in Cultural Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology and Workshops on Working with CultureQualitative Research MethodsGlobal Mental HealthCommunity-Based Participatory ResearchIndigenous Mental Health Research, and Global Mental Health. The teaching approach is described in a series of publications:

    • Kirmayer, L. J., Rousseau, C., Corin, E., & Groleau, D. (2008). Training researchers in cultural psychiatry: The McGill-CIHR Strategic Training Program. Academic Psychiatry, 32(4), 320-326.
    • Kirmayer, L. J., Rousseau, C., Guzder, J., & Jarvis, G. E. (2008). Training clinicians in cultural psychiatry: A Canadian perspective. Academic Psychiatry, 32(4), 313-319.
    • Guzder, J., & Rousseau, C. (2013). A diversity of voices: the McGill ‘Working with Culture’ seminars. Cult Med Psychiatry, 37(2), 347-364.
    • Kirmayer, L. J. (2013). Embracing uncertainty as a path to competence: cultural safety, empathy, and alterity in clinical training. Cult Med Psychiatry, 37(2), 365-372.

Video lectures from the courses are available online.