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Friday, February 8, 2013

 

Cambodians’ Use of Buddhist Techniques to Recover from Trauma

 

Devon E. Hinton, M.D., Ph.D. 

Harvard Medical School and

Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

 

Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry

4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road

Room 218B

 

Buddhist healing practices are increasingly used as a mainstream treatment for Western populations with PTSD. Do Cambodian genocide survivors use Buddhist techniques to recover from trauma? If so, what techniques do they use? How do local monks and temple events and rituals contribute to this process? In the light of current anthropological and psychological theory, is there an explanation for why these techniques might be therapeutic? In this talk, I will attempt to answer these questions based on ethnography done with Cambodian refugees attending a psychiatric clinic in Lowell, MA. As I will discuss, Buddhist techniques are used by many patients and frequently play a key part in recovery.

Devon E. Hinton, M.D, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and psychiatrist, and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His work has focused on culturally specific presentation of anxiety disorders and culturally sensitive treatment of PTSD. He is the first author of over 100 articles and chapters. He is the coeditor, with Byron Good, of the volumes “Culture and Panic Disorder” (Stanford University Press, 2009) and “Culture and PTSD” (Cornell University Press, in press), and with Alexander Hinton of the volume “Mass Violence: Memory, Symptom, and Response” (Duke University Press, in press), and is the author of a treatment manual for providing culturally sensitive CBT (Oxford University Press, in press). He is fluent in several languages including Cambodian and Spanish. He is a member of the DSM-V Cultural Study subgroup and an advisor to the Anxiety, OC, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group of DSM–V (American Psychiatric Association). He is on the American Psychological Association panel to determine PTSD treatment guidelines. He has received a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Health to study models of treatment of PTSD among Cambodians with PTSD in primary care.

 


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November 30, 2012; 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

 


 

WHO’s Work on Mental Health During and After Emergencies

Mark van Ommeren, Ph.D.

July 20, 2012; 3:00 - 4:00 PM

 


 

Culture, Suicide and Social Conditions in Aboriginal Communities: A Social Network Approach

Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D.

April 26, 2012; 3:30 - 5:00 PM

 


 

Acculturation Processes Among Soviet Jewish and Vietnamese Adolescents and Adults: What Research Can Tell Us About the Ecology of Refugee Lives

Edison J. Trickett, Ph.D.

March 29, 2012; 3:30 - 4:00 PM

 


 

How Useful is the Capabilities Approach in Global Mental Health?

Lynne Friedli, Ph.D.

February 17, 2012; 3:30 - 5:00 pm

 


 

Synergy and Healing: Insights from Indigenous Peoples

Richard Katz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, First Nations University of Canada

Adjunct Professor, Psychology, University of Saskatchewan

January 26, 20123:30 - 5:00 pm

 


 

Aboriginal Resilience Lecture Series

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Film Premiere & Discussion with Diane Wolkstein

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Building Bridges Between Community Organizations and Mental Health Professionals

Tamara Kater, Director: Multi Caf Community Cafeteria

And Food Bank

Discussants: Dr L. J. Kirmayer & Ms. Judy Malik

May 14, 1999; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Rape: A Crime of War

Discussants:

J. Malik & M. Shermarke

July 16, 1999; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Hear What We Are Saying

A documentary on:

Women, racism and the mental health system

Discussants:

Jaswant Guzder& Radhika Santhanam

October 15, 1999; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Dilemmas of Ethnic Match: Minority origin professionals in health and social services

Speaker: Dr. Morton Weinfeld

Professor of Sociology and Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies, McGill University

Discussant: Jaswant Guzder, M.D.

November 12, 1999; 12:30 - 2:00

 


War is Not A Game

A CCVT (Canadian Center for Victims of Torture)

film on the effects of organized violence

Discussant: Patricia Foxen, Anthropologist

December 10th, 1999; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Organized Violence

Speakers:

Pierre Dongier, M.D.
Director of the Clinic Santé-Accueil, CLSC Côte-des-Neighes
Member of RIVO

Angelica Marin-Liva, Coordinator of RIVO

January 14th, 2000; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Interventions in Intercultural Situations: A Training Model

Speaker: Kalpana Das,

Co-founder and Director of the Intercultural Institute of Montreal

February, 11th, 2000; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Broken Promises

A National Film Board & Nutaaq Media

film on the effects of relocation on a group of Inuit families

Discussant:

Patricia Tassinari, Filmmaker

March 10th, 2000; 12:30 - 2:00

 


Working Like Crazy

A National Film Board of Canada and Skyworks
film on the struggles and victories of psychiatric survivors
working in a survivor-run business

Discussant:
Gwynne Basen, Filmmaker

Friday, April 14th, 2000
12:30 - 2:00

 


Culture, Infancy and Research in South Africa

Dr. Tomlinson will discuss his work on the mother-infant
research project in a context of extreme socio-economic
adversity in a settlement near Cape Town.

Discussant:
Mark Tomlinson, Director of Child Guidance Clinic
Capetwon, South Africa

Friday, July 28th, 2000
12:30 - 2:00

 


The Return of the Dybbuk: A Cast Study of Spirit Possession in Contemporary Israel

Discussant:
Yoram Bilu, Professor
Department of Anthropology
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Friday, September 15th, 2000
12:30 - 2:00

 


If the Family Fits: A National Film Board of Canada documentary

Explores traditional notions of family as voiced by
R.E.A.L. Women, a Canadian lobby group,
versus an alternate family lifestyle when
a spouse declares a bisexual orientation

Discussant:
Patricia Kearns, Film Producer and Director
Guest:
Dan Delaney

Friday, November 17th, 2000
12:30 - 2:00

 


Encounters of the Three-Way Kind: Working with Interpreters in Mental Health Settings

During this session, video-vignettes of interpreters
interacting with mental health professionals and
patients will be used to launch a discussion of the
use of interpreters in the clinical setting. There
will be an examination of the mental health interpreter's
role and of challenges interpreters and clinicians face.
Suggestions will be provided as to actions clinicians can
take to improve communication in interpreter-mediated encounters.

Speaker:
Heather Clarke, Coordinator of the Multiculturalism Program,
Montreal Children's Hospital

Friday, January 12th, 2001
12:30 - 2:00

 


Political and Psychiatric Ambiguities in the Baltic States: From Neurasthenia to Depression

Independence for the Baltic States has led to
change in all areas of social life: not only political
and economic but also medical and psychiatric. The Soviet
system of medicine provided a large number of psychosomatic
diagnoses, among them neurasthenia, which were not stigmatized.
Although many patients felt that the doctor's emphasis on
physical symptoms did not capture the essence of what was
wrong and neglected the intimate relationship between
biographical experience and subsequent illness nevertheless
there was ready access to the sick role. West European and
Scandinavian influences have led to massive restructuring
of the health care delivery system, less autonomy for the
patient, and a different set of diagnoses. Depression has
replaced neurasthenia but does not carry with it the same
set of privileges. My presentation looks at how patients
articulate their ill health in terms of a continuing
dialogue with the past.

Speaker:
Dr. Vieda Skultans, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol

Friday, February 9th, 2001
12:30 - 2:00

 


A partir d'un cas clinique en Abitibi ­ une approche écologique du "Mental"?

Discussant:
Jean-Dominique Leccia, Psychiatrist
Guest:
Dan Delaney

Friday, March 23rd, 2001
12:30 - 2:00