Day 1: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome Remarks and Housekeeping Details
9:00 – 11:00 Plenary 1: Global Mental Health and the Family               Moderator: James Griffith
Where Is the Family in Global Mental Health? Vincenzo Di Nicola
War-Affected Youth: A Family-Centered, Intergenerational Approach to Recovery Suzan Song
Grappling with Ambivalence About Families in Global Mental Health James Griffith
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Charles Hughes Memorial Lecture: Family-Based Adolescent Maltreatment in Kenya: Development of a Culturally Grounded Model Elsa Friis
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  Poster Session (1:00 – 2:00)
Why go to church? Sara Cohen-Fournier
Family-centered care for adolescent mental health concerns in immigrant communities Catherine Costigan
Depression and people’s concept Masoumeh Dejman
Perception of mental illness among Chinese immigrants, with a focus on highly educated immigrants Wei Du
Utilization of cultural formulation in management and treatment of a Congolese refugee: A case study Samira Khan
What makes Pokémon Go so attractive?  Good and bad sides of a new social addictive passion Tsezar Korolenko

Tatiana Korolenko

Mental health outcomes and care-seeking among Somali women in the US: Negotiating the cultural and cross-cultural Georgia Michlig
Providing mental health services for refugees: Perspectives from refugee patients and those who treat them Vanja Pejic

Daniel Savin

Culture, black magic, and psychosis: A case study Patricia Carr Reese
The Village of “Each One” to the Village of “All Together”: Redefining family systems in unaccompanied refugee minors and local staff in Lesvos, Greece  Arianna Schindle
Parent-child relationship dynamics as risk factors for adolescent maladjustment in Chinese Canadian immigrant families Vivien So
The role of the symbolization process of the migratory path and its influence on the Syrian refugee adolescents’ mental health and school success Alyssa Turpin-Samson
Concurrent Sessions  (2:00 – 4:00)  
Symposium 1: Explanatory Models, Decision About Treatment, and Outcomes in Youth Mental Health in a Culturally Diverse Population: How Does Family Matter? Moderator: Steven Wolin

Lucie Nadeau

Sophia Koukoui

Vanessa Lecompte

Workshop 1: A Vietnamese-American’s Family Account of Bipolar Disorder and the Path Toward Recovery: Applying the DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation Francis Lu

Shannon Suo

Discussant: Alison Heru

  Workshop 2: Genograms in Clinical Practice Monica McGoldrick
  Paper Session 1: Narratives and Story-Telling Moderator: Neil Aggarwal
  Defining testimonial therapy: A narrative approach to reclaiming meaning in women’s trauma recovery


Pooja Lakshmin
  ¿Estamos de acuerdo?: An evaluation of the cultural congruence of Latino patients’ and their psychotherapists’ narratives following an initial session


Sylvanna Vargas
  How does one enact a potential future worth striving for? A narrative-phenomenological analysis Jiameng Xu
  Facilitated storytelling and acculturation among South Asian grandparents and grandchildren in Canada Zainab Furqan
  Examining the relationship between code-switching and emotion regulation in bilingual immigrant families Aya Williams
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:15 For the care of the “lunatics”: Mental health care in Philadelphia in the 18th and 19th centuries Stacey Peeples

Moderator: Liz Kramer

5:30 – 7:30 Reception



Day 2: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Plenary 2: The Pliable Boundaries of Our Reality: How “Ghosts” Make Themselves Present in the Clinical Setting Carlos E. Sluzki


10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 12:15

Symposium 2: Indigenous Perspectives on Family Wellbeing, Resilience, and Mental Health Moderator: Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence Kirmayer

Melissa Walls

Cassandra Poirier

Joseph Gone

Symposium 3: “Fresh off the Boat”: Learning from a TV Sitcom about Acculturation, Family Dynamics, Child Development, and Mental Health in Asian American Immigrant Families Moderator/Discussant: Lusha Lu

Dana Wang

Justin Chen

Annie Li


Workshop 4: Training Youth Mental Health Clinicians to Use the Cultural Formulation Interview with Families in a Sensitive and Culturally Safe Way: The Interdisciplinary Case Discussion Seminars Approach Janique Johnson-Lafleur

Cécile Rousseau

Neil Aggarwal

Workshop 5: Cross-Cultural Instrument Adaptation Bonnie Kaiser

Eve Puffer

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch and Business Meeting
1:15 – 2:00 John Spiegel Memorial Lecture: Postpartum Depression and Psychosis in Refugee Women: A Transcultural Psychiatric Approach Eden Almasude
2:00 – 4:00 Residents’ Consultation Clinic Kenneth Fung
Symposium 4: Cultural Depictions of Resilience in the Face of Inevitable Family Dissolution in the Films Make Way for Tomorrow and Tokyo Story Moderator/Presenter: Francis Lu
Workshop 6: Family and Culture: Clinical Tools for Everyday Practice Ellen Berman

Alison Heru

Workshop 7: Cross-Cultural Instrument Development Bonnie Kaiser  

Eve Puffer

Ali Giusto

Fran Barg

Paper Session 2: Works in Progress                               Moderator: Roberto Lewis-Fernández
Planning for mental health services and psychosocial support in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Patricia Hong
Exploring the intersecting identities and mental health needs of Middle Eastern and Asian sexual minority immigrant youth Jishain Ravinthiran
Embodiment as everyday: Mapping the health trajectories of Vietnamese men who have sex with men Kathy Trang
  Family tyranny or family therapy? How families impact or mitigate psychiatric disabilities: Preliminary data from an ethnographic study in Suffolk County, New York Cassandra Evans
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15 – 5:45 Symposium 5:  The Roles of Family in Depression Care for Culturally Diverse Populations in Primary Care: Empirical Evidence from Three Studies Hongtu Chen

Ladson Hinton

Alan Teo

Paper Session 3: Novel Curricula and Service Models Moderator: Francis Lu


Teaching culture and family to psychiatry residents: Curriculum innovations Puneet Sahota
Building resilience in families, communities, and organizations: A training program in global mental health and psychosocial support Jack Saul
Diagnostic and intervention impact of south Asian patients: Systemic assessments in McGill cultural consultation service Jaswant Guzder
Paper Session 4: Power and Family Dynamics Moderator:

Vincenzo Di Nicola

Self-stigma, insight, and family burden among parents of people with severe mental illness: Cultural considerations Yaara Zisman Ilani
Re-thinking the role of family and culture in the aftermath of epidemics Neda Faregh
Three cases of family dynamics, suicide, substance abuse, and residential schools among the First Nations in Canada. Bobby Chaudhuri
Paper Session 5: Policy and Planning Updates Moderator: TBA
The Affordable Care Act and mental health Shannon Suo
How do mental health agencies and providers develop and implement a cultural and linguistic competence policy? Hextor Pabón
Day 3: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time Title Speaker/Facilitator
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 Plenary 3: Our Changing Understanding of Gender Identity: From the Sexual Revolution to the Gender Spectrum                                    Moderator: Stephen Wolin
Transparenting: A Family’s Journey to Acceptance and Celebration of Their Transgender Child Catherine Hyde
Mental Health Considerations for Transgender Individuals and Families: A Life-Span Perspective Michelle Angello
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:45 Symposium 6: Contextualizing the Patient Encounter: The Convergence of Family Psychiatry and Cultural Psychiatry Moderator/Discussant: Laurence Kirmayer

Alison Heru

Alex Kopelowicz

Melanie Domenech-Rodríguez

Workshop 8: A Psychoeducational Multiple Family Group Intervention for Traumatized Families Peter Steinglass
Workshop 9: From I to We: An ACT Interweaving of Families, Groups, and Culture Kenneth Fung
Workshop 10: Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment in Primary Care for Patients from Diverse Cultures: The Importance and Challenge of Involving Families Nhi-Ha Trinh

Trina Chang

Paper Session 6: Cultural Adaptation of Family Therapy    Moderator:  Monica McGoldrick
Development of a family therapy intervention in Kenya: A community-based and culturally anchored approach Eve Puffer
Utilizing technology in provision of a culturally grounded family therapy by religious lay counselors in Kenya Elsa Friis
Adapting the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) for children and adolescents

Engaging the family within the context of a community school

Samrad Ghane


Kimberly Burkhart

12:45 – 1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 3:45 Symposium 7: Family Therapy with Refugee Families: Working with Trauma and Cultural Change Within Family Relationships Moderator: Puneet Sahota

Lucia De Haene

Jaswant Guzder

Cécile Rousseau

Symposium 8: Early Psychosis in India and Canada: Investigating Outcomes and Family Factors Using Mixed Methods Moderator: Srividya Iyer

Megan Pope

Srividya Iyer

R. Padmavti

Workshop 11: Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents: Working with Multicultural Families Jody Russon

Jessy Sandoval-Barrett

Paper Session 7: Global Mental Health Case Studies Moderator: James Griffith
The impact of a family skills training intervention among Burmese migrant families in Thailand: A randomized controlled trial Eve Puffer
A direct observational measure of family functioning for a low-resource setting: Adaptation and feasibility in a Kenyan sample Ali Giusto
Gender as a moderator of coping skills development within a culturally adapted dialectical behavior therapy program for adolescent earthquake survivors in Nepal Andi Schmidt
Underage drinking and changing parent-child relations after the political violence in Ayacucho Province, Peru Sakiko Yamaguchi