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Eric Jarvis on the Cultural Consultation Service

“We live in a time of mass migration and of displaced populations and receiving countries are really strained to accommodate and understand new arrivals and it is causing questions, soul-searching questions around the world. Governments and medical institutions struggle to understand how to help people.”

Dr. Eric Jarvis, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and Director of the Cultural Consultation Service speaks about the Cultural Consultation Service (CCS). Using examples from previous patients drawn from an incredibly diverse population in Montreal, Dr. Jarvis walks us through what cultural consultation is; how it is different from the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) and Cultural Competence; why Cultural Consultation is important; how a Cultural Consultation session is conducted; what does the service achieve; and what the future holds for the Cultural Consultation Service.

Panel discussion on Diversity Advocacy, the proposed Charter of Quebec Values

“I understand there’s a legacy and a reasoning and a discourse that we are all aware of. I guess what is frightening is it is now a political power issue. It’s a fragile time and it’s done on the backs of the most vulnerable people in the population. To me that mobilizes a tremendous amount of anguish.” Jaswant Guzder

Speakers at the 50th anniversary event for the journal of Transcultural Psychiatry discuss diversity, advocacy and specifically address the proposed Charter of Quebec Values.

This video includes comments from Dr. Morton Weinfeld, Chair of Ethnic Studies, McGill; Dr. Jaswant Guzder, Head of Child Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital; Dr. Eric Jarvis, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Cultural Consultation Service, McGill; Dr. Cécile Rousseau, Director of Transcultural Child Psychiatry Services, Montreal Children’s Hospital; Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, head of the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill; and from members of the audience.

Cécile Rousseau: Refugee Advocacy

“There’s still a very ongoing and recent debate…Are you first an undocumented or are you first a child? The shrinking of rights is accompanied by a shift towards the privilege paradigm: whatever you receive from our society is a privilege and not a right.”

Cécile Rousseau, Director of the Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, talks about advocating for refugee and migrant children’s rights. What are the shifting perceptions of refugees, what are the diverse voices within refugee advocacy, what are some processes of advocacy and what are its outcomes?

Jaswant Guzder on Child Cultural Consultations

Jaswant Guzder, head of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, talks about Cultural Consultation sessions with children. What are the principles of child cultural competence, what are some typical agendas during child cultural consultations, and what are some themes of concern?

Roberto Lewis-Fernández on the Cultural Formulation Interview

“What should we know about you that contextualizes you and understands you from a cultural lens?”

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University talks about the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI): what are its uses, is it only for use with people from a cultural minority, and how can practitioners learn to use it?

Geshe Jinpa Thupten on translating Buddhist sources of knowledge

“In some sense I’m a universalist at heart and I generally believe that any particular insight into the human condition, any particular technique for cultivating greater happiness and overcoming of suffering and making people become more rooted, grounded, and centred, that may have been developed anywhere historically in different parts of the world in different cultures should now be made available to the larger community.”

Geshe Thupten Jinpa, General Series Editor of the Library of Tibetan Classics, talks about translating classic Tibetan texts for the Western world and the challenges entailed in bringing these texts out of their cultural context.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Clifford Saron on the Shamatha Project

 

“I think there are many curricula in this life and one of them is the education of the heart, the education of a sense of majesty of life and that sense is both within the Buddhist tradition and within science.”
Clifford Saron, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, talks about the Shamatha Project, a study that attempts to determine whether biological changes occur as a result of intensive meditation practice. Dr. Saron also speaks to questions regarding the compatibility of Buddhism and neuroscience.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva on Secular Practices

“Meditation does not necessarily have to be understood as religious. Perhaps meditation draws upon universal features of the mind and body.”
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University, speaks about Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and the secularization of contemplative religious practices.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Lauren Leve on Buddhism in the New Nepal

“The structure of capitalism is changing in ways that force people, compel people to shape shift all the time.”

Lauren Leve, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina, talks about how Buddhism is being transformed in contemporary Nepal.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

Chikako Ozawa-de Silva on Naikan

“Any contemplative practice is reflective of its own culture but that doesn’t mean that each cultural practice is only limited to that culture.”

Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Emory University talks about the contemplative practice of Naikan. Naikan, which means “inner looking”, is a secular form of a contemplative practice derived from Japanese Mahayana Buddhist practice.

This podcast was recorded during the 2013 Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) Conference on Mindfulness in Cultural Context. The 2014 ASI theme is “The Politics of Diversity: Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Mental Health”. For more information and to register, please visit the Division of Transcultural Psychiatry’s main site.

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