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Office of Mental Health

Cultural Competence & Clinical Care

This seminar series presents methods for assessing patients, cultural backgrounds and cultural views about illness in a clinical setting. We discuss the inclusion of cultural assessment in the DSM-5, including through the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), a 16-item questionnaire designed to elicit information about a patient's culture and how it influences treatment. The inclusion of culture in other aspects of DSM-5, such as disorder criteria, is also reviewed. We present tools for assessing cultural competency at the program level and a toolkit for adapting evidence-based treatments to the culture of the population served. We also discuss some examples in which treatments have been adapted to the needs of cultural groups, and some risks of not examining cultural influences, including the risk of misdiagnosis.

Date Title Presenter
June 12, 2015 Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-base Practices - Three Case Studies
(45 minutes)
Nathan Kline Institute: Judith Samuels, PhD and Wendy Schdrich PhD
January 30, 2014 Motivational Pharmacotherapy to Enhance Adherence to Medication in Latinos
(47 minutes)
Roberto Lewis-Fernandez ,MD Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University Medical Center
November 7, 2013 Toolkit for Modifying Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Cultural Competence
(60 minutes)
Judith Samuels, PhD and Wendy Schudrich, PhD
November 7, 2013 Conducting Multi-Cultural Spirituality Discussion Groups
(46 minutes)
Christina Pratt, NKI
Deniz Oktay
Danial Scanlon
Frances Priester
October 29, 2013 Culture and DSM-5
(59 minutes)
Roberto Lewis-Fernandez ,MD Professor of Psychiatry Columbia University Medical Center
July 13, 2013 Promoting Healthy LGBT POC Communities
(43 minutes)
Gabby Santos, Director of LGBT Health Services for In Our Own Voices
July 13, 2013 From Toddlers to Teens: Clinical and Therapeutic Work with Transgender Children and Adolescents
(54 minutes)
Rev. Moonhawk River Stone, M.S.,LMHC
July 13, 2013 Working with LGBQ Children, Adolescents and Families
(48 minutes)
Lauren Ford, LMSW
Mental Health Specialist
Pride Center of the Capital Region
July 13, 2013 An Overview of Best Practices in Transgender Affirmative Mental Health Care
(56 minutes)
Barbara E. Warren, Psy.D. Director, LGBT Health Services Mount Sinai Health System

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