1st Edition

Mental Health Across Cultures A Practical Guide for Health Professionals

    Every health professional interacts with patients from different cultures to their own, not just those from different countries, ethnic or religious groups, but also those with cultural differences due to sexual orientation, lifestyle, beliefs, age, gender, social status or perceived economic worth. The potential for confusions in communication and consequent problems are even greater in primary care mental health than in other areas.This guide for all health professionals provides a model for working in mental health across cultures, and outlines practical ways of using psychotherapy skills across cultures. It can be used as personal preparation by individuals in any primary care setting at home or abroad, or as a teaching tool for use with health professionals travelling to another culture, including overseas aid workers and those moving to a new country. It is also of great value to everyone interested in transcultural medicine. 'Wherever we work, whoever we are, we are working across cultures, often without realising it. The first step is to become conscious of this fact. The next step is to read this book' - Jill Benson and Jill Thistlethwaite.

    Section A – Overview and model - Model for working in Mental Health across cultures. Section B – Psychotherapy across cultures - General principles of psychotherapy & counseling. Modified cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Modified narrative therapy. Resilience and spirituality. Section C – Putting cultural mental health into context - The people: Doctors, health professionals and patients from diverse backgrounds. Consultations across cultures. Basic neuropsychiatry and the quest for normality. Cross-Cultural Pharmacotherapy. Cross cultural learning.


    Jill Bensonn, Jill Thistlethwaite, Pascale Moore