39th Annual Meeting What Does “Culture” Mean? Evolving Definitions in Mental Health Service, Training, and Research

Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 07:00 - Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 17:00

This annual meeting critically explores the implicit (or explicit) definitions of culture that are being used in current mental health research and practice. To what extent are process-based definitions of culture replacing or coexisting alongside more static group background-based definitions? For example, is culture conceptualized uniformly in key components of DSM-5, such as in the Cultural Formulation Interview and the Culture-Related Diagnostic Issues sections of each disorder? How does serious engagement with process-based definitions affect our established practices, such as the usual medical identification of the patient on the basis of age, gender, and race/ethnicity (e.g. “23 year-old black female”)? How does the global spread of mental health interventions potentially perpetuate simplistic notions of culture, to the potential detriment of programs? What role does the family play in creating/recreating these cultural influences? Does it make sense any longer to speak of a person’s “culture” in the singular?

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Event: 39th Annual Meeting What Does “Culture” Mean? Evolving Definitions in Mental Health Service, Training, and Research

When: April 16 to 19, 2018

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110