Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry


  • Wen-Shing Tseng, University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, U.S.A.

Increasingly, psychologists are becoming aware of sensitivity needs with respect to treating patients from differing cultures. Culture can play an important role both in what a patient discloses about themselves, how likely they are to follow a therapist's advice, and whether specific therapies are likely to be effective for them. Following on the heels of Tseng's "Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry" comes this "Clinical Application of Cultural Psychiatry." This more concise book focuses on information most relevant to treating patients. The book discusses how culture plays a role in specific disorders (depression, anxiety, eating and sexual disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, etc.). relevant sensitivities to keep in mind in treating specific patient populations (age groups, differing religions, and differing ethnicity's).
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Clinicians in private and group practice.


Book information

  • Published: May 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-701633-7


"Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry is the most welcome tool yet... No author is better qualified to produce such a book than Wen-Shing Tseng, whose wealth of research knowledge and teaching experience produced the well-respected Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry... The book opens with an introduction to concepts of culture and definitions of related terms, which should be required reading for psychiatric residents and students of all clinical social sciences... These openings sections are as readable as any novel and replete with interesting and relevant examples and photos... the text is meticulously referenced in a most helpful format to encourage further reading on topics of interest. Case vignettes throughout keep the topics alive, as do the excellent illustrations. Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry will surely become a standard text for all psychiatric residency programs that are seeking to meet the cultural competency requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and should be an important addition to the library of every mental Health clinician." -PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES "Tseng's masterful book makes culture alive for the clinician through multiple case examples as well as significant basic information about the foundations of cultural psychiatry. It is a powerful tool for clinicians and psychiatric residents striving to achieve cultural competency in understanding and treating patients." —Armando Favazza, M.D. Professor and Associate Chair Department of Psychiatry University of Missouri-Columbia "For more than several decades, Wen-Shing Tseng has been one of the world's foremost educators and scholars in cultural psychiatry. The encyclopedia scope of his expertise in cultural psychiatry was well demonstrated in a textbook on this subject published last year. Since the publication of that text, cultural competency has become an expected and in most mental health programs, a mandated standard in training and clinical care. Dr. Wen-Shing Tseng has responded to these recent new requirements by offering a more practical, updated version of his already classic Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry. The result, entitled the Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry is a must read for all clinicians and those in training in the mental health professions." —Edward F. Foulks, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Associated Dean Tulane University School of Medicine "Dr. Tseng's excellent guide reaches us at a propitious time. The number of foreign-born residents in the United States has risen to its highest levels in the last half century. As access to psychiatric services has increased, people of all ethnic groups increasingly value psychiatric services. And young clinicians reflect the growing diversity of our society. Cultural competence in clinical care is no longer an esoteric topic; it is the stuff of everyday clinical practice. This guide provides the conceptual framework for practicing in a culturally competent manner. In addition, case studies and practical tips bring to life the skillful application of this knowledge and clinical methods." —Joseph Westermeyer, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota; and Chief of Psychiatry and Director of Mental Health Services, Minneapolis VAMC

Table of Contents

Preface.About the Author.Culture, Behavior, and Pathology.Culture, Stress, and Illness Reactions.Culture and Psychopathology: Specific Phenomena.Culture and Psychopathology: General Disorders.Culturally Competent Clinical Assessment.Culturally Competent Clinical Care.Culturally Competent Psychotherapy.Ethnicity, Culture, and Drug Therapy.Culture and Therapy with Special Subgroups.Culturally Oriented Care for Different Ethnic Groups.Some Social Phenomena and Therapeutic Considerations.Subject Index.