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?

Laurence Kirmayer – Revisioning Psychiatry

Laurence Kirmayer recently gave a new version of his lecture “Revisioning psychiatry: Cultural phenomenology, critical neuroscience, and global mental health”. The talk was presented as a guest lecture at the FPR-UCLA Programme for Culture, Brain, Development, and Mental Health in January 2013. Click here for more information on the programme.

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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