Eric Jarvis on the Cultural Consultation Service

“We live in a time of mass migration and of displaced populations and receivingĀ countries are really strained to accommodate and understand new arrivalsĀ 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.

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?

Rachel Tribe – Interpreters and Mental Health

“Working with interpreters has enriched all my clinical work. What it has made me do is make me think about how I construct my language, how I construct explanatory models of mental health.”

Rachel Tribe, Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of East London talks about the benefits and challenges involved in working with interpreters in mental health care. Given that complex cultural constructs are communicated through language, Tribe puts forward suggestions on how mental health practitioners and interpreters can work together to provide the best care for their patients.

To obtain a copy of the guidelines for Working with Interpreters in Health Settings, mentioned at the end of Dr. Tribe’s interview, click here

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