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Santander Seminars: Global Mental Health and Cultural Psychiatry

Monday 15 April 2013

A series of masterclasses for clinicians, teachers, researchers and policy leads in global public mental health to be held at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Dates of events: Wednesday 17 April, Thursday 25 April, Wednesday 8 May

Please RSVP your attendance to: Lisa Kass psychiatry@qmul.ac.uk stating which seminar you will be attending. The seminars are all free of charge.

The Global Mental Health movement aims to address the ‘treatment gap’, that is to ensure those with mental health problems receive care and appropriate psychosocial and pharmacological treatments. Global Mental Health movements also work towards ensuring minimum standards of mental health care around the world.  Achieving this across so many countries with limited budgets and in the context of diverse legislation to protect and promote mental health creates some challenges in the implementation. Thus global mental health movements aim to ensure policies and political processes support better standards of care and the budgets devoted to mental health are commensurate with the scale of health needs.

Cultural psychiatry aims to improve the delivery of culturally appropriate mental health care that takes account of the cultural background and preferences of individuals, and the cultural background of the carer and treating professional. More recently our work has focussed on cultures of care and cultural consultation in order to understand complex systems, knowledge and power as culturally produced influences on the care process. At the heart of cultural psychiatry is equity, addressing inequalities, and ensuring care practices are adapted to be more effective, or at least not to undermine resilience and wellbeing or be unnecessarily coercive or destructive. Thus cultural psychiatry relies on local relationships and connected culturally informed communities of practice working with local populations to negotiate the care needs and treatments in a balanced way that promotes the public narratives and patient narratives in shared decision making.

Clearly when cultural psychiatry and global mental health approaches meet, there is scope for a very fruitful synergy. This seminar is the first of three examining these issues, with a particular focus on Latin American countries, although other parts of the world will also be discussed. We invite leaders in global mental health and cultural psychiatry to participate in this event, and to form a network of deliberative commentators and policy makers. The seminars aim to improve understanding of cultural psychiatry and global mental health, the synergies and how to improve local implementation and care practices to reduce inequalities.

If you wish to attend, please contact Lisa Kass (psychiatry@qmul.ac.uk).

The ‘state of the art’ masterclass is held in honour of  Dr Wen-Shing Tseng 1935-201. Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii and  Founding President World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

These seminars are made possible by a Santander award to Professor Bhui, and by generous support from Cultural Consultation Service, Careif, QM.

Professor Kam Bhui MD FRCPsych
Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology,, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, London
Public Health Lead, Royal College of Psychiatrists
President World Association of Cultural Psychiatry

Meeting 1: Cultural Psychiatry: Past, Present and Future Innovations
Date of event: Wednesday 17 April, 9.30am-4.30pm
Chair: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Queen Mary

9.30am Registration and coffee
10.00am Professor Susan Dilly, Vice Principal, QM
Welcome and Santander Programme
Professor K Bhui, President World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, QM, Hon Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust. MSc Programme Director, QM
Welcome and Tribute to Dr Wen-Shing Tseng
Session 1: Global Mental Health and Cultural Psychiatry, Chair Professor Bhui
10.20am Professor Sergio Villaseñor Bayardo, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Culture Bound Syndromes from Latin America
11am Dr Hans Rohlof, Chair, World Psychiatric Association-Transcultural Section and National Dutch Psychotrauma Centre, The Netherlands
Intercultural psychotherapy: the guidelines of Wen-Shing Tseng
11.40am Dr Micol Ascoli, Consultant Psychiatrist, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Hon Senior Lecturer, QM
Post-Psychiatry, Anti-Psychiatry or Cultural Psychiatry? The Narratives of Care.
12.20pm Lunch
1.30pm Panel Discussion: Dr Rohlof, Dr Ascoli, Professor Villasenor-Bayardo, Professor Bhui
The future of Cultural Psychiatry and Global Mental Health
Session 2: Global Health Research Update, Chair Dr Persaud
2.30pm Dr Priyo Ghosh, Research Fellow, Centre for Psychiatry. QM
Radicalisation: wellbeing impacts of the discourse and prevention
2.50pm Dr Rabeea’h Aslam, Researcher Fellow, Centre for Psychiatry, QM
Theracom: interventions to improve therapeutic communications for culturally diverse people and mental health professionals
3.10pm Mr Jason Jamshid Chalangary, MSc Tutor, Centre for Psychiatry, QM
Psychotrauma interventions for natural and man-made disasters
3.30pm Tea
4pm Dr Nasir Warfa, Senior Lecturer ,QM
Khat and Health: a global and local call for evidence and research findings
4.20pm Panel Discussion, Q&A
5pm Networking & Reception

Meeting 2: Masters of Cultural Psychiatry in Latin America
Date of event: Thursday 25 April, 2-5pm
Santander Lecture to be given by: Professor Sergio Villaseñor Bayardo, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Chair: Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Queen Mary, University of London

Meeting 3: Mexican Masters of Psychiatry
Date of event Wednesday 8 May, 2-5pm
Santander Lecture to be given by: Professor Sergio Villaseñor Bayardo, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Chair: Prof Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Queen Mary

Please RSVP your attendance to: Lisa Kass psychiatry@qmul.ac.uk stating which seminar you will be attending. The seminars are all free of charge.

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