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?

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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