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Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry

Director: Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer

In 1995, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry inaugurated an annual summer school in social and cultural psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. The program provides the conceptual background for research and clinical work in social and cultural psychiatry and will be of interest to:

  • postdoctoral trainees, researchers, and clinicians in psychiatry and other mental health disciplines
  • residents and graduate students in health and social sciences
  • physicians, psychologists, social workers and other health professionals

The summer program forms part of the training activities of the Montreal WHO Collaborating Centre and is endorsed by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology. For additional details and course and workshop descriptions, see the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry website.

Courses

  • Cultural Psychiatry (PSYT711)
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology (PSYT713)

Workshops

  • Working with Culture: Clinical Methods in Cultural Psychiatry
  • Violence, Trauma & Recovery
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Social and Cultural Psychiatry
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Global Mental Health Research

Courses may be taken for academic credit, professional interest, or continuing education (CE) credit. Workshops may only be taken for professional interest or CE credit. Please keep in mind that spaces are limited and early application is strongly advised. Participants are encouraged to apply as soon as the annual summer program brochure is published.

Academic Credit

Cultural Psychiatry (PSYT711) and Psychiatric Epidemiology (PSYT713) may be taken for academic credit.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a subject closely related to cultural psychiatry. In addition, applicants must also have high academic standing. The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies.

Procedure for Admissions

Applicants for academic credit must submit their curriculum vitae to the summer program coordinator at tcpsych [at] mcgill [dot] ca by January 5, 2012 to obtain permission to attend the course(s).  Be sure to include your current contact information (mailing address, telephone, fax, email) and specify which course(s) you would like to attend.

After this initial step, all further correspondence regarding the registration process for academic credit will be with Miriam Staudt, the graduate program coordinator. (Contact info below)

McGill Graduate Students

Students must first receive permission to attend the course(s) as described earlier. Students may then register for these courses on Minerva once the summer registration period for graduate students begins. Students are billed by McGill Student Accounts.

McGill Double Program Students and McGill Psychiatry Residents

Students must first receive permission to attend the course(s) as described earlier. Subsequently, students need to apply for “Special Student” status at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ by February 15, 2012. A $100.00 (Cdn) application fee is required. However, McGill students do not need to submit transcripts. Official notification of acceptance as a “Special Student” is issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students must use the paper Minerva forms to register for course(s), not the online Minerva registration process. McGill double program students and McGill psychiatry residents are billed by McGill Student Accounts.

Non-McGill, Quebec University Students

Students must first receive permission to attend as described earlier. Students then need to request an interuniversity transfer of credits (www.crepuq.qc.ca). Fees are paid to your home university.

Students from University of Toronto and University of British Columbia

Students must first receive permission to attend as described earlier. Students then submit a registration exchange form to their home university and to the graduate program coordinator at McGill. Fees are paid to your home university.

Students from other Universities in Canada

Students must first receive permission to attend as described earlier. If you are registered in a graduate program at a Canadian university (different from those mentioned above) and would like to take courses at McGill, you can apply as a visiting student. If you would like to take graduate-level courses, without the intention of obtaining a degree or diploma, you may apply as a special student.

International Students

Students must first receive permission to attend as described earlier. Students then need to apply for “Special Student” status at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ by January 15, 2012. Applicants must also provide a $100.00 (Cdn) application fee and official transcripts of undergraduate studies and graduate studies. (This amount cannot be applied towards course/workshop fees). Official notification of acceptance as a “Special Student” is issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students obtain a McGill student identity number when applying and use this to register for the course(s) on Minerva. Transfer of academic credits should be arranged with the applicant’s own university. Students are billed by McGill Student Accounts.

To register for academic credit please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Miriam Staudt graduate [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca, tel. 514-398-4176, fax 514-398-4370

Address
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry, Room 105
McGill University
1033 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1A1

FAQ’s for Students Applying to the Summer Program for Academic Credit

 

Professional Interest and CE credit

Students applying to the summer program only for professional interest can do so through the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry. On successful completion of the course or workshop a certificate of attendance will be provided by the Division. This does not confer formal academic credit, for which a separate application is required.

Medical practitioners may take courses and workshops for CE credit.  Psychiatrists and general practitioners from North America, who are not seeking academic credits, may enroll for Continuing Education (CE) study credits available from McGill University, Division of Continuing Health and Professional Education.  The CHPE grants continuing education credits for physicians and is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) for MAINPRO-M1 credits, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the United States (ACCME). Participants must sign-in daily in order to receive CE credits and attestation certificates.

Registration for Professional Interest or CE credit can only be completed through the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry. Please fill out the registration form in the brochure available on the Division website. Participants must also submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae which is required in order to gain approval to attend courses and workshops.

To register for Professional Interest and CE credit please contact:

Summer Program Coordinator
tcpsych [at] mcgill [dot] ca, tel. 514-398-5780 or 514-398-7302 fax 514-375-1459

Address
Summer Program Coordinator
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
1033 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1A1

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