Global Mental Health and Psychotherapy

Global Mental Health and Psychotherapy

Adapting Psychotherapy for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

1st Edition - February 12, 2019

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  • Editors: Dan Stein, Judith Bass, Stefan Hofmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149331
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149324

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Global Mental Health and Psychotherapy: Adapting Psychotherapy for Low- and Middle-Income Countries takes a detailed look at how psychotherapies can be adapted and implemented in low- and middle-income countries, while also illuminating the challenges and how to overcome them. The book addresses the conceptual framework underlying global mental health and psychotherapy, focusing on the importance of task-shifting, a common-elements approach, rigorous supervision, and the scaling up of psychotherapies. Specific psychotherapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and collaborative care are given in-depth coverage, as is working with special populations, such as children and adolescents, pregnant women, refugees, and the elderly. In addition, treatment strategies for common disorders, such as depression, anxiety and stress, and substance abuse are covered, as are strategies for more severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia.

Key Features

  • Provides adapted psychotherapy strategies for low- and middle-income countries
  • Looks at special considerations for particular disorders and populations
  • Covers the treatment of both common and severe mental health problems
  • Focuses on task-shifting, a common-elements approach and scaling of psychotherapies
  • Addresses cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and schema therapy


Mental health clinicians worldwide; academic researchers working in the global mental health area; graduate students in psychology and mental health related disciplines; global mental health advocates and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • Introduction - Rethinking Psychotherapy

    Section 1: Conceptual Issues
    1. Global mental health and psychotherapy: Importance of task-shifting and a systematic approach to adaptation
    2. Transdiagnostic therapeutic approaches: A global perspective
    3. Training and Supervision in global mental health and psychotherapy
    4. Scaling up and implementing psychotherapies in low-resource settings

    Section 2: Globalizing Psychotherapies
    5. Cognitive-behavioural therapy around the globe
    6. Emerging models of psychotherapy
    7. Collaborative Care Models: A global perspective

    Section 3: Clinical Disorders
    8. Psychotherapy for depression and anxiety in low- and middle-income countries
    9. Psychotherapy for PTSD and Stress Disorders
    10. Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
    11. Psychotherapy for Substance Use Disorders

    Section 4: Clinical Populations
    12. Chronic Physical Diseases
    13. Psychotherapy adaptation for children and adolescents
    14. Psychotherapy for psychiatric disorders during pregnancy
    15. Psychotherapy adaptation in aging populations
    16. Refugees and Migrants

Product details

  • No. of pages: 391
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: February 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128149331
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128149324

About the Editors

Dan Stein

Professor Dan J. Stein is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Stein’s research areas include anxiety, trauma-, and stressor-related disorders. His work ranges from basic neuroscience, through clinical investigations and trials, and on to epidemiological and cross-cultural studies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Judith Bass

Judith K.Bass is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her areas of expertise include designing and evaluating methods for assessing mental health across different cultures and contexts and investigating the effectiveness of innovative prevention and intervention strategies in collaboration with in-country service providers; with a particular focus on the interconnectedness of mental health and economic development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Stefan Hofmann

Stefan Hofmann
Stefan G. Hofmann is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at Boston University. Dr. Hofmann has served as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. His research focuses on the mechanism of treatment change, translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications, emotions, and cultural expressions of psychopathology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory, Boston University, USA

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