Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction (McGill Univ.). This course presents a critical introduction to theory and research in cultural psychiatry - the study of cultural influences on, and responses to, mental health problems.
Topics include: an overview of the history of cultural psychiatry; conceptual problems and research methods for studying culture and context in mental health; somatization and bodily idioms of distress; dissociation of memory and identity;
cultural variations in emotional experience; trauma and the social construction of diagnostic entities; culture and psychosis; the mental health of immigrants and refugees; the mental health of Indigenous peoples; systems of ritual and symbolic healing;
models of mental health care for culturally diverse populations; globalization and the future of cultural psychiatry.
Lecture 01 - Cultural Psychiatry: A Critical Introduction, Part 1
To understand what is built into our mental health practice in order to look at it critically, Dr. Laurence Kirmayer examines the culture of psychiatry and psychology.