PSYCH 477 - Current Topics in Clinical Psychology
Fall 2022, Section 002 - Mental Health and Culture: National and International Perspectives
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Enforced Prerequisites:
PSYCH 270.
May be elected twice for credit.
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Culture impacts multiple areas of life including our experience of psychological distress. How does culture inform perspectives of mental health and illness? How does it impact responses to psychotherapy, and how does it influence approaches to treatment and intervention?

This seminar explores these questions by examining the ways in which culture impacts mental health assessment, psychiatric diagnosis, and treatment/intervention approaches. Topics will address: the degree to which various forms of psychopathology/psychological distress can be seen as universal versus culture-specific; the roles of acculturation and historical context in assessment and treatment; how culture-based traditions inform mental health stigma and healing; and how cultural considerations have been approached in psychotherapy practice and intervention research. Both international and U.S. ethnocultural groups will be addressed.

Course Requirements:

Student evaluation will be based on exams, papers, class presentation, and discussion participation.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduate majors in psychology who are ready to engage in thoughtful reading, research, and active weekly discussion/engagement around these complex topics.


PSYCH 477 - Current Topics in Clinical Psychology
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002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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