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Developing a Stance of Informed Curiosity: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice with a Culturally-Informed Approach to Mental Health

Speaker: Dr. Jessica Dere

In this session, attendees will engage with an approach to working with cultural factors in clinical practice that emphasizes the integration of evidence from both a cultural and clinical psychology lens. The session will be divided into four parts. Firstly, empirical examples from the cultural psychology literature will be used to illustrate fundamental ways in which culture shapes human experience and behaviour, with direct implications for psychological distress and suffering. Next, ways to incorporate knowledge of cultural variations into clinical assessment will be discussed.

The third part will discuss the evidence for and against culturally-adapted treatments. This part will highlight the challenges and disadvantages that can stem from group-based approached to addressing culture in clinical care. Finally, ways in which the literature on treatment non-specifics (e.g., therapeutic alliance) can be productively integrated with findings from cultural competency literature will be examined. Both culturally-informed and evidence-based clinical practices will be used.

Information in this workshop will emphasize clinical work with adults, from a psychological viewpoint, but the workshop content should be relevant to all client populations and be translatable to therapeutic practice.

From a cultural and clinical psychology lens


October 3
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All level of experience

Qualifies for:
3 CECs