In the light of current events...
Special Event on Migration and Transcultural Psychology

In a country with a steadily increasing cultural diversity the adequate and effective treatment of people with a migration background turns into a core question in Clinical Psychology. The great influx of refugees since 2015 confirms that trend and created additional challenges for the psychosocial sector as well as the civil society.
In this special session recent research findings will be discussed as well as successful clinical concepts which are taking into account the role of culture.
Hereby speakers will report and discuss the role of culture in the clinical and social context as well as psychosocial interventions for refugees in Germany.

Keynote 


Laurence J. Kirmayer, McGill University, Montreal

Living with Diversity: Lessons from Cultural Psychiatry for Building Pluralistic Societies

This presentation will explore issues of diversity and social inclusion from the perspective of cultural psychiatry, psychology, and anthropology. Global migrations and networking are bringing new challenges to efforts to build culturally diverse and inclusive societies. Policies of multiculturalism and interculturalism have been criticized or dismissed because of concerns about the vulnerability of civil society, divergent value systems, and the threat of violent radicalization. Efforts to understand the impact of culture and social context on individuals mental health across different societies can shed light on basic questions, including: What are the implications of recent attacks on diversity in the public sphere for the health and well-being of minority groups? What are the consequences of “othering” for recognition of cultural values and practices? How can mental health research, policy, and practice contribute to the challenge of social integration in culturally diverse societies? How can diversity contribute to mental health and well-being for individuals and communities?

Biography 

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS, FRSC is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, and Director of the Culture & Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, where he conducts research on culturally responsive mental health services. His research includes studies on the use of cultural formulation in mental health care for immigrants and refugees, and the place of culture in global mental health. He edited the volumes, Understanding Trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives (Cambridge University Press), Cultural Consultation: Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care (Springer), the DSM-5 Handbook for the Cultural Formulation Interview (APPI), and Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience and Global Mental Health (Cambridge). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Social Sciences) and a member of the Canadian Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Health.

 

Position Talk

When Enmity rules the World - An View on Populism, Extremism and the Challenges for Civil Society
Andreas Zick, University Bielefeld

 

Invited Symposium

Psychotherapy in the Intercultural Setting
Laurence J. Kirmayer, McGill University, Montreal

Guidelines and Trainings for Psychotherapists to Enhance Transcultural Competence in the Therapeutic Setting
Ulrike von Lersner, Humboldt-University, Berlin

 New Media in the Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Clients from War Zones
Christine Knaevelsrud, Free University, Berlin

Mental Health Care Utilization, Cross- Cultural Symptom Presentation and Influences of Acculturation Strategies in a Cohort of First Generation Vietnamese Outpatients in Germany
Eric Hahn and Thi Minh Tam Ta, Charité University Hospital, Berlin

Treatment of Unaccompanied Minor Refugees with PTSD: First results and treatment adaptations
Rita Rosner, Catholic University Eichstätt

 

Workshops

Transcultural Competence in the Therapeutic Context
Dr. Ulrike von Lersner, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Interkulturelle Kompetenz in der therapeutischen Arbeit ist zunehmend gefragt. Bei einem Bevölkerungsanteil von ca. einem Drittel Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund in Deutschland kommen auch Psychotherapeuten in ihrer Arbeit immer häufiger mit unterschiedlichsten kulturellen Prägungen in Kontakt. Dies wird von Therapeuten nicht selten als Herausforderung erlebt, weil gewohnte Konzepte nicht greifen und kulturelle Unterschiede unüberbrückbar scheinen. Hierbei soll der angebotene Workshop Abhilfe schaffen. Neben der Wissensvermittlung zu verschiedenen kulturellen Mustern soll die Reflektion der eigenen kulturellen Prägung angeregt werden. Anhand von Fallvignetten und über den Einzug klinischer Fälle der Teilnehmenden wird demonstriert, an welchen Stellen im therapeutischen Prozess unterschiedliche kulturelle Hintergründe eine Rolle spielen können und wie darauf konstruktiv eingegangen werden kann.

Mental Health Care and Therapeutic Approaches for Refugees
Dr. Mechthild Wenk-Ansohn, Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer, Berlin 

Die Prävalenz an Traumafolgestörungen unter Geflüchteten ist relativ hoch. Häufig leben diese Personen jedoch unter Lebensbedingungen, in denen zusätzliche Stressoren wie unsicherer Aufenthalt oder Anpassungsschwierigkeiten in der neuen Umgebung eine Rolle spielen. Der Workshop vermittelt Ansätze zur Behandlung von Traumafolgestörungen unter Berücksichtigung der besonderen Bedürfnisse und Lebensbedingungen von Geflüchteten.