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Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry
     

Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry

by Russell F. Lim (Editor)
 

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The interaction of culture and mental illness is the focus of the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, which is designed to help mental health clinicians become culturally competent and skilled in the treatment of patients from diverse backgrounds. The product of nearly two decades of seminar experience, the book teaches clinicians when it is appropriate to ask

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The interaction of culture and mental illness is the focus of the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, which is designed to help mental health clinicians become culturally competent and skilled in the treatment of patients from diverse backgrounds. The product of nearly two decades of seminar experience, the book teaches clinicians when it is appropriate to ask "Is what I am seeing in this patient typical behavior in his or her culture?" The ability to see someone else's worldview is essential for working with ethnic minority and culturally diverse patients, and the author, who designed the course that was this handbook's precursor, has expanded the second edition to take into account shifting demographics and the changing culture of mental health treatment.

The content of the new edition has been completely updated, expanded to include new material, and enhanced by innovative features that will prove helpful for mental health clinicians as they encounter diverse patient populations. • The new chapter on women reflects the fact that mental health disparities extend beyond ethnic minorities. Women have significantly higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and affective disorders, for example, yet research on women has been limited largely to the relationship between reproductive functioning and mental health. • Two new chapters address the alarming number of unmet mental health needs that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients suffer from. These chapters emphasize the need for mental health providers and policy makers to remedy these disparities.• A new chapter has been added to help clinicians determine the role religious and spiritual beliefs play in psychological functioning, because religious and spiritual beliefs have been found to have both positive and negative effects on mental health.• The newly introduced DSM-5® Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) is addressed in the book's introduction and is included in its entirety, along with an informant module, 12 supplementary modules, and guidelines for their use in a psychiatric assessment. In addition, the reader has access to videotaped examples using simulated patients to illustrate practical application of the DSM-5® Outline for Cultural Formulation and CFI.• Extensive information on ethnopsychopharmacology, reviewing clinical reports of ethnic variation with several different classes of psychotropic medications and examining the relationship of pharmacogenetics, ethnicity, and environmental factors to pharmacologic treatment of minorities.

The book updates coverage of African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American/Alaskan Native cultures as they relate to mental health issues while retaining the nuanced approach that was so effective in the first edition. Course-tested and DSM-5® compatible throughout, the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry is a must-read for clinicians in our diverse era.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Reviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
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.
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The concise yet thorough text offers general practice recommendations as well as group-specific information relevant to the four largest racial/ethnic groups in the United States….The Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry is extremely practical and will be useful for students and those with more experience in the various disciplines of mental health care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585624393
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Pages:
630
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Russell F. Lim, M.D., M.Ed., is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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