Culture, Psychology, and Mental Health Treatment
This seminar is a critical analysis of a Western approach to psychology and psychiatric terms of understanding mental illness, psychiatric phenomena, and treatment of mental health disorders. It will include an orientation and critique of western clinical psychology/psychiatry and an inquiry as to its relevance outside Western settings. Class will include discussions with guest speakers representing cross-cultural providers of mental health services as well as medical anthropologists and critics of the Western generalizations in psychiatry. Special attention will be placed on cross-cultural psychiatry and international mental health efforts.