by Larry Merkel

I am writing to invite you to attend the group supervision workshop in cross cultural psychiatry at the SSPC Annual Meeting in Toronto, which will be held Friday (5/03) starting at 10:30 AM and will run through 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. This session is being sponsored by the SSPC Education Committee and the focus is difficult treatment experiences in cross-cultural settings. There will be several faculty members present who have had many years of experience working in a cross cultural setting. The format will be group supervision. We did this last year at the meeting in NYC and it was well attended and appreciated.

I encourage you to please bring your own concerns and examples, by developing brief (about 5 minute) case vignettes illustrating a cross-cultural concern of yours to present to the group. I would greatly appreciate your contributions and urge you to consider writing up any examples or experiences you have, or even just questions that you can share. If at all possible please send them to me beforehand via e-mail. This will allow me to share them with the other faculty so they can be prepared for discussion. The more cases and input from you, the more the session will meet your needs.

Pre-registration is required for this session so that we will know the size of the group, ensure that only residents attend, and order the right number of lunches. E-mail rlm3u@virginia.edu with your name, PGY year, institution, and contact info. If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you in Toronto!