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Medicine - Psychiatry | The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health

The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health

Parekh, Ranna (Ed.)

2014, XIX, 314 p. 4 illus. in color.

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  • ​Includes cultural diversity training information for health care providers, clinical interviewing techniques, and effective strategies to use in difficult conversations  
  • Provides innovative ways of understanding the complexity of diversity and the importance of continuing education to effectively keep abreast of the rapid cross cultural changes  
  • Offers information relevant to providers of specific populations but also creative approaches to understanding diversity without one’s having specific knowledge of minority groups

Long considered important for professionals working with minority and under-represented populations, cross-cultural competency has become a requisite for all health care providers. As society in the US increasingly diversifies, there is a crucial need to prepare health care professionals to effectively treat this changing population. The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health addresses the importance and relevance of cultural sensitivity in US mental health. Prominent researchers and clinicians examine the cultural and cross-cultural mental health issues of Native American, Latino, Asian, African American, Middle Eastern, Refugee and LGBQT communities. The discussion includes understanding the complexities in making mental health diagnoses and the various meanings it has for the socio-cultural group described, as well as biopsychosocial treatment options and challenges. In understanding the specific populations, the analysis delves into overarching concepts that may apply to specific populations and to those at the intersection of multiple cultures.

An invaluable resource for mental health professionals, including clinicians, researchers, educators, leaders and advocates in the United States, The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health provides the necessary understanding and insights for research and clinical practice in specific cultural and multicultural groups. 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » cultural competency - cultural sensitivity - ethnicity - minorities - prejudice - race

Related subjects » Medicine - Psychiatry

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