Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry
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Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry

by Russell F. Lim

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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.

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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.

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Reviewer: Renee Mehlinger, MEd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses culturally competent assessment, diagnosis, formulation, and treatment of ethnic minorities in the U.S. Based upon the authors comprehensive CME course, "DSM-IV Cultural Formulation: Diagnosis and Treatment," it also includes clinical cases and insights from experts in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present culturally relevant information regarding the four major ethnic groups in the U.S. to give the clinician the skills to understand and provide culturally competent diagnosis and care to diverse minority groups. Alleviating disparities in mental healthcare and stimulating research in the area are promoted through the application, integration, and synthesis of the principles discussed in the book to clinical practice.
Audience: The manual is a valuable resource for medical students, psychiatry residents, psychologists, trainees in social work and other mental health practitioners. Teachers of medical students will find it to be a useful tool for incorporating required cultural competencies into the curriculum.
Features: Culturally relevant material is presented that addresses the four major ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indian and Alaskan Natives. An informational section provides census data with educational and socioeconomic statistics relevant to each group. Case examples are presented to elucidate important culturally relevant points and to demonstrate how to work with patients from diverse minority groups in a culturally sensitive manner. Attention is given to the synthesis of culturally competent diagnostic and assessment variables into a culturally relevant formulation. A resident's guide to the cultural formulation is a particularly useful section for teaching trainees how to assess, conceptualize patient encounters, and apply the DSM-IV outline to clinical cases. An index, annotated bibliography, glossary of Culture Bound Syndromes, and references complete this comprehensive manual.
Assessment: This is a well organized, easy to read, interesting, and thoughtful clinical manual that succinctly addresses diagnostic, clinical, and treatment issues related to culturally competent evaluation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of minority groups in the U.S. It is a culturally sensitive examination of the differences and sameness that bind and define cultural groups that can be used as a practical guide in everyday practice and as a teaching tool. Any clinician practicing in the U.S. will find it a relevant, current, and necessary read considering the rapid growth of minority populations and the subsequent variety of complex cultural variables that are necessary to understand and incorporate into diagnosis and treatment.

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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.

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