Mental Health Across Cultures: A Practical Guide for Health Professionals

Author: Jill Benson


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  • ISBN: 9781846192197
  • Author: Jill Benson
  • Publ Date: 2008-10-25
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  • Pages: 222
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 64647

Table of Contents :

Contents: Section A - Overview and model - Model for working in Mental Health across cultures * Section B - Psychotherapy across cultures - General principles of psychotherapy & counselling * 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


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


"An introductory yet thorough practical guide on mental health to assist all health professionals working in multicultural numerous practical guidelines for practitioners in clinical practice and yet also provides sufficient theoretical material to be considered a valuable tertiary training text for undergraduate and postgraduate students." AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH 'The strength of this book lies in the distilled wisdom of two practitioners who teach through real-life examples and present practical solutions. It can therefore be recommended to all physicians and medical students. - fills a gap in the cross-cultural health literature' MJA

Author Biography:

Respectively General Practitioner and Senior Medical Officer, Migrant Health Service, Australia; Associate Professor, Department of General Practice and Rural Medicine, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, and from 2009, Professor in Clinical Education and Research, and Director, Institute of Clinical Education, University of Warwick School of Medicine, UK


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