Description: This is a thoughtfully orchestrated series of topics related to the cultural contexts of mental health issues compiled in an easy-to-read manual format.
Purpose: The purpose is to promote an understanding of cultural terms and factors that are part of the paradigm of mental health.
Audience: Given that this book aims to develop cultural competency for clinicians, the audience ideally are mental health practitioners caring for patients who associate with particular cultural identities or groups.
Features: The 12 chapters are organized in a methodical and clear way. The book starts off broadly with introductions to cultural themes and definitions and then more specifically addresses issues in the assessment and treatment of different groups, including African American, Asian American, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Native. It also discusses cultural themes germane to women, LGBT, transgender, and gender nonconforming patients. Next are chapters dedicated to religion, spirituality, and ethnopsychopharmacology. The updated DSM-5 cultural formulation concludes the book. This manual is rich in appendixes, tables, references, and a glossary. Moreover, there is an accessible video guide with illustrations related to certain topics.
Assessment: This is an excellent update of the first edition and a wonderful addition to the available resources on culturally mediated topics in mental health. Given its vast content, unique organization, and resourcefulness with editorial expertise, this book is a tremendous asset for anyone curious and needing to develop competency in cultural psychiatry.