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 on admission, course and workshop descriptions see the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry website.


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


  • Working with Culture: Clinical Methods in Cultural Psychiatry
  • The McGill Illness Narrative Interview (MINI)
  • Research Methods in Cultural Psychiatry
  • Indigenous Mental Health Research
  • Global Mental Health Research
  • Critical Neuroscience

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.

Deadline to apply on uApply:

  • International applicants : January 15
  • Canadian applicants: February 15

To register for academic credit please contact:

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

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

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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