Why is the study of culture and its clinical
application important in mental health training and services?
Mental health and illness is a subjective experience and a
social process, thus culture plays a crucial role in clinical
presentation, assessment, treatment, planning and compliance.
In an era of globalisation and mass-migration,
the practices of clinical guidelines in cross-cultural mental
health assessments and diagnosis, as well as the imposition of
cultural determinants of public health policy, make the domain of
cultural psychiatry more broad, significant and challenging.
This module will determine what cultural
psychiatry is, and explore how culture relates to mental
health. You will also learn about the cultural influence on
psychopathology and gain a better understanding of the use
of cultural information in clinical decision making.