Day 1, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome Remarks & Housekeeping Details
8:45 – 10:15 Plenary lecture:

What does culture mean? Insights from anthropology

Byron Good

Mary-Jo Delvecchio Good

Discussant: Laurence Kirmayer

10:15 –10:45 Break  
10:45 – 11:30 Hughes award lecture: Observational measurement of family functioning for a low-resource setting: Adaptation and feasibility in a Kenyan sample Ali Giusto
11:30 – 12:15 Spiegel award lecture: Are the arguments against global mental health and its perceived cultural insensitivity true? Monika Karazja
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 Symposium: Culture and ecological context in global mental health: comparative studies from Mexico, Haiti, Italy, and the U.S. Olga Olivas Hernández, Janis Jenkins, David Grelotti, Thomas J. Csordas

Moderator: Janis Jenkins

Workshop: An ACT approach to discovering the meaning of culture Kenneth Fung
Workshop: Publishing in cultural psychiatry Laurence Kirmayer, Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Atwood Gaines, Neil Aggarwal
Paper session: War, conflict, and mental health

The impact of war-induced migration on cultural identity formation in adolescence: A family perspective

Mental health and psychosocial problems among conflict-affected adults in northern Bougainville: A rapid qualitative assessment

Culture, violence and resistance in the Middle East: Experiences of women through an internet platform “Uprising of Women in the Arab World”

Moderator: James Griffith


Marjorie Rabiau



Shoshanna Fine



Nathalie Baba



2:45 – 3:15 Break  
3:15 – 4:45 Symposium: Cultural Affordances: An eco-psycho-social framework for rethinking culture in psychiatry Samuel Veissière, Laurence Kirmayer, Ana Gómez-Carrillo

Moderator: Samuel Veissière

Workshop: Hope Modules: Brief psychotherapeutic interventions to counter demoralization among refugees and forcibly displaced people James Griffith
Paper session: Cross-cultural assessment, adaptation, and global mental health

Revised Outline for Cultural Formulation based on experience with the Cultural Formulation Interview for DSM-5

Using cultural and contextual insights to inform implementation strategies: An example of family therapy in Kenya

Lessons from a cross-cultural China-Canada suicide prevention research project

Moderator: Mitchell Weiss



Mitchell Weiss



Bonnie Kaiser



June Lam


Paper session: Safety and cultural consultation


Are we talking as professionals or as mothers?  

Cultural consultation in context: A comparison of intake and triage in Montreal, London and Paris

Cultural safety in working with refugees and immigrants: The case of Farsi-speaking newcomers in Quebec

Moderator: Neil Aggarwal


Mónica Ruíz-Casares


George Eric Jarvis


Fahimeh Mianji


4:45 – 5:45 Poster session  
Indigenous research methods: A systematic review Alexandra Drawson
Implemeting a new training program in social and cultural psychiatry in regional Australia Bipin Ravindran
Assessment for experience of microaggressions and coping strategies in young adults of color in the Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston Brandon Newsome
How to identify the cultural idioms of distress in immigrant and Native American patients Clara Aisenstein
Islamic faith and tradition shape ethical perspectives on refugee patients in Jordan– A phenomenological approach Eric Rafla-Yuan
Medical students learning the processual character of culture: celebrating a decade of teaching experience in Uganda Grace Akello
“Who am I after all this and where should I say that I am from?” Defining a culture of displacement and its impact on refugee self-framing and well being Grace Kyoon-Achan
Cross-institutional collaboration between Cambodia and the University of Colorado Isabelle Guillemet
The complexity of culture: A case study of mental health services for LGBTQ* communities Jann Tomaro
Catatonia in a Yemeni refugee Jyotsna Ranga
The academic success for international students who do not speak English as the first language Kuan-I Wu
Mental health services in Northern Uganda Lauren Weittenhiller
The relationship of the concept of cultural competence and strategies of care for culturally diverse populations in the Brazilian public health system Luciana Carvalho
Self-definition, diaspora, and myth formation Samuel Okpaku
The ‘global’ engulfs the ‘local’: Voices from community mental health organisations in Kerala, India Sudarshan R Kottai
Psychological problems of children migrated from other cultures Tsezar Korolenko
Loss and opportunity in acculturation: recovery as clarification of cultural identity, a case study Varsha Narasimhan
6:00 – 8:00 Reception
Day 2, Friday, April 20, 2018
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
8:30 – 10:00 Plenary panel:

What does “culture” mean? Clinical, research, training, and policy perspectives

Cécile Rousseau

Elizabeth Carpenter-Song Marjorie Kagawa Singer

Paul Brodwin

Moderator: Roberto Lewis-Fernández

10:00 – 10:30 Break  
10:30 – 11:15 Plenary panel:

Breakout discussion sessions

Shannon Suo (Clinical)

Hendry Ton (Training)

Emily Mendenhall (Research)

Neil Aggarwal (Policy)

11:15 – 12:00 Plenary panel: Reporting back and discussion
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30 – 3:00 Symposium: Cultures and the opioid epidemic in Central Appalachia Larry Merkel, Claire Snell-Rood, Diana Robinson

Discussant: Joseph Westermeyer

Moderator: Larry Merkel

Works in Progress: A grant-writing workshop

The cultures of competence in multicultural societies

Barriers to mental health services for Hmong Elders

Pursuing cultural competence at the organizational and clinical levels: A system-based model applied to a community center in NYC

Moderator: Alan Teo

Ana Gómez-Carrillo

Xiong Yee


Pamela Montano-Arteaga


Resident Consultation Session Kenneth Fung
Workshop: All psychotherapy is cross-cultural* Steven Wolin, Vincenzo Di Nicola
Paper session: Attention to culture in service provision and training

The aesthetic imperative in cross-cultural clinical encounters

The evolving definition of culture and the cultural humility approach in mental health service provision, training, and research

Can Oregon legislation successfully mandate cultural competence in health care?

Moderator: Hendry Ton


Helgi Eyford



Mayio Konidaris-Kozirakis



Amela Blekic


3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 Symposium: Culture and curriculum: a comparison of transcultural psychiatry training in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal George Eric Jarvis, Lisa Andermann, Azaad Kassam

Discussant: Kenneth Fung

Workshop: Teaching adults in the changing culture of medicine and society Shannon Suo, Hendry Ton, Andrés Sciolla, Ruth Shim
Workshop: Intersectional identities at play in the “culture” of  American psychiatry – How do mental health professionals understand their obligations to intervene when discrimination occurs in clinical settings? Ian Hsu, Nikhil Patel, Nina Sreshta
Paper session: Youth mental health

Cultural safety in youth mental health services: Clinicians’ and families’ use of culture as a mediator for dialogue

Parent-child emotion discussion is linked to children’s socio-emotional competence in Chinese American immigrant families

College drinking culture: Nature and extent

Moderator: Cécile Rousseau

Janique Johnson-Lafleur



Kaley Curtis



Joseph Westermeyer

Evening Dinner Out
Day 3, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
8:30 – 10:00 Symposium: From cultural competency to structural competency in psychiatric training and practice Helena Hansen, Joel Braslow, Selena Suhail-Sindhu, Parth Patel

Moderator: Helena Hansen

Workshop: Exploring the complexity of cultural identity and cultural stressors/supports through the film “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble” Francis Lu, Ruth Shim, Andrés Sciolla, Shannon Suo
Workshop: Microaggressions Tatiana Claridad, Ranna Parekh, Jai Gandhi, Rustin Dakota Carter
Paper session: Task-shifting in mental health care

Brief gatekeeper training for suicide prevention in an ethnic minority population: A controlled intervention

“Are traditional healers psychotic?” and “I know a healer who cured psychosis”: Sub-cultures among generalist clinicians engaged in mental health task-sharing in rural Nepal

Evolving concepts of culture brokers in mental health care settings

Moderator: Bonnie Kaiser

Alan Teo



Pragya Rimal




Eleanor McGroarty


10:00 – 10:30 Break  
10:30 – 12:00 Symposium: Three ways of looking at culture: Social class, dialogues & borders, camps & refugees Vincenzo Di Nicola, Nadia Daly, Neda Faregh

Discussant: Steven Wolin

Workshop: How to use the Participatory Photography Assessment Tool (P-PAT) to engage children in research cross-culturally Mónica Ruíz-Casares
Workshop: Working with interpreters in mental health: Doing therapy in slow motion Georgi Kroupin
Paper session: Identity, discrimination, and societal context

Three culturally-based hypotheses linking blackness, madness, and dangerousness

Does the number of reasons matter? A critical review of current evidence on multiple discrimination and health

Teaching cultural psychiatry in today’s sociopolitical climate

Moderator: Francis Lu


King Davis


Sylvanna Vargas


Belinda Bandstra

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Workshop: Teaching cultural psychiatry to address community mental health challenges Anna Fiskin, Dawn Sung
Works-in Progress

Exploring intersectionality as an analytic tool for transforming the ‘culture’ of mental health practice

Developing a family version of the Cultural Formulation Interview

A model curriculum for improving clinical language skills among bilingual mental health care providers

Moderator: Roberto Lewis-Fernández

Nancy Clark


Vasudeo Paralikar


Michael Alpert


Paper session: Cross-cultural concepts of mental illness

A qualitative analysis of women with depression in Bangalore: A focus on women’s experience

Missing concept of hazardous and harmful alcohol use in the culture of collective drunkenness among the Peruvian Andean population

‘Brain Fag’: Metamorphosis of a symptom, syndrome and society

Moderator: Larry Merkel


Pooja Lakshmin


Sakiko Yamaguchi


Oyedeji Ayonrinde


2:30 – 2:45 Break  
2:45 – 4:15 Workshop: Decolonizing mental health: Caregivers as accomplices on the frontlines Rosemary Fister
Paper session: Indigenous perspectives

Cultural renewal in indigenous mental health

“Culture” across partners in a community-based suicide prevention program for indigenous youth in Ontario, Canada

‘Linguistic schizophrenia’: Colonial pathology and cultural re/invention

Moderator: Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence Kirmayer


Gerald McKinley



Eden Almasude


Paper session: Novel interventions and approaches

A culturally adapted Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills intervention for women with suicidal behaviors in rural Nepal: A single-case experimental design series

Chinese immigrant use of smartphone apps toward improving child mental health awareness and resource delivery: A pilot study

The entanglement of spirituality, culture, and psychosis: Expanding our perception of mental illness, engaging traditional healers, and nurturing community

Moderator: Vincenzo Di Nicola

Megan Ramaiya


Emily Wu



Amanda Satterthwaite