Single Day Admission
Above fees include daily breakfast, all lunches, break refreshments, syllabus and opening night reception.
*Please add $50 for CME credit.
Questions about Annual Meeting registration?
Contact Liz Kramer, SSPC Executive Director.
There is no additional cost to attend these workshops, but pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited.
To enroll, please e-mail Liz.
Day 1, Thursday, April 23, 2015
|7:30 – 8:30||Continental Breakfast and Registration|
|8:30 – 8:45||SSPC Welcome|
|8:45 – 9:15||NIMH Welcome||Pamela Collins|
|9:15 – 11:15||Plenary Panel 1
Cultural Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Clinicians and Practitioners in Global Mental Health
|J. Reginald Fils-Aimé
Moderator: Hendry Ton
|11:15 – 11:30||Break|
|11:30 – 12:30||Charles Hughes Memorial Lecture
Culture in Context: Evaluating the Utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) in Mexican Mental Health Patients
Moderator: Brandon Kohrt
Discussant: Joan Koss
|12:30 – 1:30||Lunch|
|1:30 – 3:30||Workshop 1: Cultural Adaptation of Psychotherapeutic Interventions
By the end of session, participants will be able to:
Background: With the globalizing world and increasing diversity in all communities, there is emerging recognition that modifications are needed to deliver effective psychotherapeutic interventions locally and abroad. As most evidence-based psychotherapies currently in practice have been developed in the West, it is important to question the underlying assumptions when using them in non-Western settings or with immigrant and refugee populations.Aim: Our aim is to enhance reflection on the assumptions underlying common forms of psychotherapy and identify steps for their cultural adaptation.
Proposition and Discussion: For this workshop, we will give brief descriptions of our experience in culturally adapting psychological interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. We will then engage participants to:
Implications: Reflecting through a cultural lens, we can increase our effectiveness in working with diverse populations and gain deeper insight about our psychological interventions.
|Symposium 1: Global Mental Health and Culture||Samuel Okpaku
Mary Kay Smith
Moderator/Discussant: Helena Hansen
|Symposium 2: Methods in Global Mental Health||Emily Haroz
Moderator/Discussant: Nuwan Jayawickreme
|3:30 – 3:45||Break|
|3:45 – 5:45||Workshop 2: Ensuring Cultural Relevance & Sensitivity in the Development of ICD-11
In the past decade, there has been rapid expansion of programs for clinical trainees interested in global mental health. However, development of new programs is characterized by a range of challenges related to defining educational missions in global mental health, determining core competencies, providing guidance on ethical training and practice, cultivating partnerships across settings varied by resources and culture, and sustaining global mental health initiatives in an environment of changing funding practices and educational policies. This workshop is designed to engage participants through a series of exercises related to these challenges. Innovative solutions based on current successful programs will be presented, and new approaches will be elicited through brainstorming and group activities. The workshop will include a series of small group activities facilitated by faculty directing global mental health programs across a range of institutions. Participants will explore the benefit of global mental health training to overall practice of psychiatry. The workshop is intended for educators, clinicians, and trainees currently engaged in or interested in development of global mental health training initiatives. The workshop will culminate in exploration of collaborations across training programs to optimize ethical, effective, and innovative education in global mental health.
Discussant: Sergio Villaseñor-Bayardo
|Symposium 3: Impact of Context on Mental Illness||Justin LaCasse
Moderator/Discussant: Grace Akello
|Symposium 4: Balancing Global-Local Approaches in GMH||Sumeet Jain
Moderator/Discussant: Dörte Bemme
|6:00 – 8:00||Reception|
Day 2, Friday, April 24, 2015
|8:30 – 10:30||Plenary Panel 2
Organizations and Funders Working in Global Mental Health
Wietse TolModerator: Pamela Collins
|10:30 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 11:45||John Spiegel Memorial Lecture
Structural Violence and Common Mental Disorders in Women: A Rural Community Survey in India
Moderator: Robert Kohn
Discussant: Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks
|11:45 – 12:30||Lunch|
|12:30 – 1:00||Business Meeting|
|1:00 – 3:00||Workshop 3: Design, Curriculum & Implementation of Training Programs in Global Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) is mandated by international charter to develop and maintain the classification system that categorizes all health conditions, including mental and behavioral health. This classification system, “The International Classification of Diseases” (ICD), is utilized by the 194 members states of WHO. This workshop will provide an overview of the ICD-11 development with a focus on the methodological aspects that have been incorporated in the process to maximize cultural relevance and sensitivity of the ICD-11. Guided by the overarching principle of clinical utility, the ICD-11 development has engaged clinicians from around the globe throughout the process such that cultural considerations have been integral to each step. The workshop will highlight examples of diagnostic categories where cultural issues have been of particular concern. We will discuss with and gather input from participants on the planned strategies to maximize cultural relevance and sensitivity in the final stage of development of the ICD-11 guidelines.
|Symposium 5: What Kind of Cultural Psychiatry for Africa||Ademola Adeponle
Moderator: Laurence Kirmayer
Discussant: Vivian Dzokoto
|Symposium 6: Value of Qualitative Approaches to Understanding Cultural Context||Matthew Burkey
Moderator/Discussant: Bonnie Kaiser
|3:00 – 3:15||Break|
|3:15 – 5:15||Workshop 4: Cross-Cultural Instrument Development and Adaptation
This workshop is an interactive participatory teaching session for the adaptation and development of mental health assessment tools in global mental health. Participants will engage in a simulated novel tool development process. They will be exposed to card sort and free-listing procedures, as well basic thematic analysis procedures, to demonstrate how qualitative and ethnographic data can be used to develop items and instruments. In addition, participants will engage in a simulated 5-step transcultural translation procedure for adaptation of an existing instrument. Concepts of equivalence in semantic, content, construct, and technical domains will be reviewed. Following these two processes, validation strategies will be discussed, and alternative validation procedures to standard clinical assessment will be discussed. The influence of culture on response style and reference group bias will be discussed with an introduction to techniques addressing configural/scalar invariance. Participants will learn techniques to calculate and adjust for group response bias. The workshop will include small group activities facilitated by researchers with instrument development and adaptation experience in diverse settings.
|Symposium 7: Closing the Mental Health Gap in Brazil||Robert Kohn
Jair Jesus Mari
Euripides C Miguel
Moderator: Maria Mancebo
Discussant: Cristiane Duarte
|Symposium 8: Power Dynamics Affecting Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment||Ellen Rubinstein
Moderator/Discussant: Artha Gillis
|5:15 – 6:30||Poster Session|
Day 3, Saturday, April 25, 2015
|8:30 – 10:30||Plenary Panel 3
Social Science Contributions to Global Mental Health
Mary Jo Delvecchio-Good
Moderator: Roberto Lewis-Fernández
|10:30 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 12:15||Workshop 5: Ikebana and Wellbeing
Background: The practice of Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arrangement, promotes personal well being and creativity, and requires a focus on the present moment. The discipline involves three elements- Jutsu, study of technique; Gaku, study of history; and Do, self cultivation. This workshop brings Japanese artistic traditions into an exercise that enables participants to reconnect with the playful aspects of one’s self. Clinical examples of benefit from the author’s experience will be included.Aims/Objectives: To allow participants to experience creative release and self discovery, using ideas from a different cultural aesthetic tradition.
Proposition: Following a presentation of principles of Ikebana, and a demonstration which contrasts Eastern and Western art forms and structural differences, the author will demonstrate making a morimono, a dried arrangement without water.
Participants will then be asked to consider an idea, eg a dream, or memory, they would like to use. They will then create a basic design on a flat base, using a branch which occupies only one third of the space on the base. Different items to support the design will then be added, including fruits and vegetables, a few flowers.
Participants will then share their reflections on the experience with the group.
Implications: Participants will have a better appreciation of how other traditions can promote a sense of well being.
|Workshop 6: The EXPONATE Project: Engaging Culture in Collaborative Global Mental Health Research
At the conclusion of this workshop, learners will be able to:
Background: Expanding care for Perinatal Women with Depression (EXPONATE) is a collaborative GMH project funded by Grand Challenges Canada that is adapting the mhGAP intervention package for use in the treatment of perinatal depression in rural Nigeria and testing its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in a fully powered randomized controlled trial.Objectives: This workshop will discuss the lessons learned from the initial stages of the EXPONATE project by team members based in Nigeria and Canada.
Methods: Participants will describe the rationale, implementation, and dilemmas raised in the three step mixed-methods approach. The initial phases of the research involved collecting information on local idioms of distress and help-seeking by both qualitative and quantitative methods, including the McGill Illness Narrative Interview (MINI). Later steps involved training local research assistants in complex developmental assessment techniques.
Results: Complex issues were raised at each stage of the project. Participants will discuss organizational issues, dilemmas in interpreting qualitative data on explanatory models, training lay workers to conduct developmental assessments, and dealing with cultural differences in norms that may affect instrument validity.
Implications: While mixed-methods approaches hold much promise for GMH research, there are many challenges in culturally adapting and implementing both measures and interventions.
Moderator: Laurence Kirmayer
Discussant: Vivian Dzokoto
|Symposium 9: Improving Engagement of Ethnic & Racial Minorities thru Integrated Care||Albert Yeung
Moderator/Discussant: Shannon Suo
|12:15 – 1:15||Lunch|
|1:15 – 3:15||Symposium 10: Incorporating Local Understandings of Illness and Wellness in Mental Health Treatment||Khameer Kidia
Moderator/Discussant: Devon Hinton
|Symposium 11: Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees||James Boehnlein
J. David Kinzie
Moderator/Discussant: James Griffith
|Symposium 12: Training Approaches in Global Mental Health||Ajeng Puspitasari
Martha J. Bojko
Moderator/Discussant: Brandon Kohrt
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physicians: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychologists: The Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been approved by the Rhode Island Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for Psychologists. The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University maintains responsibility for the program. The program is approved for 19.5 Category 1 CE Credits. (Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.)
A highlight of the conference was a half-day workshop specifically for residents that included a panel discussion of transference and countertransference issues in crosscultural settings, and case supervision with leaders in cultural psychiatry training. The participation of both case supervisors and residents was outstanding, with many sharing very touching and vulnerable cultural experiences.
Shaneel Shah, Karen Mu, and Shivana Naidoo
I enjoyed having breakfast and lunch together each day as this facilitated networking between attendees and dramatically increased the value of this meeting. I found everyone from trainees at other institutions to members of the Board of Directors very approachable.
I had a positive experience through the many opportunities to learn, network and bond over meals and social gatherings. I’ll definitely attend the meeting in 2015 in Providence. I hope to meet more trainees (and experts) there!