JK21004Research 1~3-Seminar (KBR/SEG)(Lecture)

Numbering Code G-LET36 6JK21 LE36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name TAJAN,Nicolas Pierre (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies Program-Specific Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course *************
IMPORTANT: This class will be offered in an online or hybrid format in October and taught in the 4th period. Later, this class will be offered in 2nd period. Please check “Class support” or PandA for detailed information.

Psychology and psychiatry have often been criticized for not considering cultural dimensions of mental distress. This course introduces transcultural psychiatry, a discipline that carefully questions taken-for-granted ways of organizing knowledge related to mental distress with respect to cultural differences.

The course is divided into 3 sections of 4 classes. First, transcultural psychiatry’s history, principles, and methods are detailed. Second, we focus on cultural assessments such as the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), and the McGill Illness Narratives Interview (MINI). Third, we explain applications to mental health including insights on migrants and disasters, and offer a Psychological First Aid training. The approach is integrative: it combines most recent psychiatric definitions, psychopathological and anthropological understanding of human distress. Students are encouraged to discuss articles, videos and case studies studied in class.

The course is also unique opportunity to receive a practical training in Psychological First Aid including role playing (classes 12 and 13), inspired by the World Health Organization most recent guidelines.

By the end of this course, students will know how mental distress is assessed in various cultural contexts, and how psychological first aid in situations such as natural disasters, and other catastrophes, is provided in contexts where people also have to navigate cultural differences.
Course Goals To help you develop your analytical and critical thinking regarding mental distress in a variety of social and cultural contexts.
To provide you with a general introduction to and understanding of key questions and challenges in transcultural psychiatry.
Schedule and Contents 1. Introduction
2. Transcultural Psychiatry 1/4: History and Scope
3. Transcultural Psychiatry 2/4: Pioneers
4. Transcultural Psychiatry 3/4: The Cultural Concept of the Person
5. Transcultural Psychiatry 4/4: Culture and Illness
6. Cultural Assessment 1/4: Illness Narratives
7. Cultural Assessment 2/4: McGill Illness Narrative Interview
8. Cultural Assessment 3/4: Cultural Concepts of Distress
9. Cultural Assessment 4/4: Cultural Formulation Interview
10. Culture and Mental Health 1/4: Working with Refugees and Migrants
11. Culture and Mental Health 2/4: Working in Disaster Areas
12. Culture and Mental Health 3/4: Psychological First Aid I
13. Culture and Mental Health 4/4: Psychological First Aid II
14. Conclusions
15. Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Short tests (30%): Multiple choice questionnaire (15 questions, 1 response to choose among 3 possibilities) lasting 10 minutes at the beginning of classes 6 and 10.
Participation and attitude (30%).
Final test (40%): Multiple choice questionnaire.
Graduate students are allowed to write a term paper (ca. 4-5.000 words) to take this course for 8 ECTS. Graduate students submit the term paper in addition to taking the test.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students have weekly reading assignments (not exceeding one page per week). Students are advised to take notes during class and to review the course material before short test 1 and 2, and final test.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Relevant material is distributed in class
References, etc. Bhugra et al. (2011) WPA Guidance on Mental Health and Mental Health Care in Migrants World Psychiatry, 10:2-10
Delille E and Crozier I (2018) History of Psychiatry, Special issue Historicizing Transcultural Psychiatry, Vol. 29, Issue 3, Number 115. Sage publications.
Grolleau D, Kirmayer L, Young A (2007) McGill Illness Narrative Interview. https://www.mcgill.ca/tcpsych/research/cmhru/mini

Halpern J and Vermeulen K (2017) Disaster Mental Health Interventions. Core principles and practices. Routledge.
Halpern J, Nitza A, and Vermeulen K (2019) Disaster Mental Health Case Studies. Lessons learned from counseling in Chaos. Routledge.
Human Rights Watch (2016) Living in Hell. Abuses against People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Indonesia. https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/03/20/living-hell/abuses-against-people-psychosocial-disabilities-indonesia

Kirmayer (2007) Psychotherapy and The Cultural Concept of the Person, Transcultural Psychiatry, vol 44 (2) 232-257.
Kirmayer L and Pedersen D (2014) Toward a new Architecture for Global Mental Health, Transcultural Psychiatry, vol 51 (6) 759-776.
Kleiman A (1988) The Illness Narratives. Suffering, Healing and the Human Condition. Basic books.
Lewiz-Fernandez R et al. (2016) DSM-5 Handbook on the Cultural Formulation. American psychiatric Publishing.
Patel V (2014) Why Mental Health matters to global health, Transcultural Psychiatry, vol 51 (6) 777-789.
Summerfield D (2014) Against Global Mental Health, Transcultural Psychiatry, vol 49 (3-4) 519-530.
Wen Shing Tseng (2001) Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry. Academic Press.
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