Mental Health across Cultures


Dear All,

We would like to invite you in a program on ‘Mental Health across Cultures’being organized by Central Association of Psychology Students (CAPS) on Februaury 09, 2011 at Centre for Nepalese and Asian Studies (CNAS) Seminar Hall, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur from 11:00 am -3:30 pm. Please, see the attached file for the program schedule.

The program will include the talks by McGill University professors Duncan Pedersen, Laurence Kirmayer, Jaswant Gudzer and Mr. Ram P. Sapkota, Nepalese psychologist working in CVICT Nepal. The theme of the program is Mental Health in Multicultural settings.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Duncan Pedersen

Dr Pedersen is leading the Canadian team and the TGH Program. He is currently working as Associate Scientific Director of the Research Centre at Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Scientific Director of the Montreal- based WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health. As a physician, trained in public health, epidemiology and medical anthropology, he has extensive field research experience in South America, mostly amongst indigenous peoples and the urban poor the Andean region, the Amazon basin and Northeast Brazil.

Dr. Laurence Kirmayer

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, FRCPC, is James McGill Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University. He is Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry, a quarterly scientific journal published by Sage (UK) and directs the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Department of Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital in Montreal where he conducts research on mental health services for immigrants and refugees, psychiatry in primary care, the mental health of Canadian Aboriginal peoples, and the anthropology of psychiatry.

Dr. Jaswant Gudzer

Dr. Jaswant Guzder is an associate professor in the McGill Department of Psychiatry, head of Child Psychiatry and director of Child Day Treatment at the Jewish General Hospital, and an adjunct professor in the McGill Faculty of Education. She continues to serve as a senior consultant with the Cultural Consultation Service at the Jewish General Hospital. She is also a psychoanalyst and supervisor for the Art Therapy masters program at Concordia University. Dr. Guzder worked in Mumbai, India from 1980 to 1984. Her child and family practice in Montreal is multicultural. She has graduate students working with South Asian and African populations.

Mr. Ram P. Sapkota

RP Sapkota is a Nepalese psychologist working in Centre for Victims of Torture (CVICT) Nepal. He received his MA from Tribhuvan University in Clinical Psychology.

Please, find some published articles by the speakers attached herewith for your reading.

Best Regards,

Sujen Man Maharjan
Central Association of Psychology Students (CAPS)

Kirmayer 2007.pdf

Pedersen 2002.pdf

Presentation schedule.pdf

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