14th Annual Summer Program
May 5 to June 2, 2008
- Cultural Psychiatry
- Psychiatric Epidemiology
- Working with Culture
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Quantitative Methods for Cross-Cultural Research
- Rethinking Trauma
- Community-Based Participatory Research
Also see Advanced Summer Study Institute.
In 1995, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University 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 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.
Director: Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD
Administrator: Dianne Goudreau
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry,
Department of Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
Email: tcpsych [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Cultural Psychiatry (PSYT711) and Psychiatric Epidemiology (PSYT713) may be taken for academic credit. Students enrolled in a graduate program at McGill must register for these courses through Minerva. Non-McGill Quebec university students may request an interuniversity transfer of credits (www.crepuq.qc.ca). Students not enrolled in a program at McGill (including visiting non-professionals, McGill medical residents not in the MSc Program and students from other universities in Canada or the US) must apply for "Special Student" status to register for the courses. Applicants are urged to use the McGill web application at www.mcgill.ca/applying/graduate.Those who are unable to access the Internet may request an application package from our office.All applications for "Special Student" status must be received by 15 January 2008 and must include a $60.00 (Cdn) application fee and official transcripts of undergraduate studies and graduate studies, if applicable (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. Transfer of academic credits should be arranged with the applicant's own university. Students must obtain their McGill student identity number in order to register for the courses on Minerva.
Students wishing to apply for the MSc program in Psychiatry (with concentration in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry) should direct inquiries to:
Email: student-affairs [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Physicians and other health professionals not seeking academic credits may enroll for Continuing Medical Education (CME) study credits available from McGill University, Division of Continuing Medical Education, which sponsors continuing medical education 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). Those interested in obtaining CME credits must indicate this clearly on the registration form at the end of this brochure. Daily sign-in registration is required in order to receive attestation certificates.
Registrations for professional interest are accepted as long as room is available in a course or workshop. These students will receive a certificate from the Department of Psychiatry attesting that they attended the course or workshop.
- Click on the course number to see full description.
- Click here for a list of Required and Recommended readings for these courses.
Offered in the:
L. Kirmayer, A. Young, & Faculty (3 academic credits)
This seminar surveys recent theory and research on the interaction of culture and psychiatric disorders. Topics to be covered include: cross-national epidemiological and ethnographic research on major and minor psychiatric disorders; culture-bound syndromes and idioms of distress; culture, emotion and social interaction; ritual and symbolic healing; mental health of indigenous peoples; mental health of immigrants and refugees; psychiatric theory and practice as cultural constructions; methods of cross-cultural research. [Prerequisites: Courses in psychiatry and anthropology.] Text: Course readings are available at the McGill bookstore. Begins: May 6, 2008 (4 weeks) T•Th 13h30-18h00.
Offered in the:
G. Galbaud du Fort, N. Frasure-Smith, & Faculty (3 academic credits)
This course offers an overview of the application of epidemiology in the field of psychiatry. Topics include: epidemiologic research methods in psychiatry; instruments and methods used in community studies; study of treatment-seeking, pathways to care and use of services; interaction between psychological distress and physical health; methods used in specific populations and for specific disorders; evaluation of treatments, interventions, needs for care and research on quality of life. [Prerequisites: Courses in psychiatry and/or epidemiology.] Text: Course readings are available at the McGill bookstore. Begins: May 5, 2008 (4 weeks) M•W•F 13h30-16h45.
This workshop for mental health practitioners provides an overview of clinical models and methods in cultural psychiatry. Topics include: working with translators and culture brokers; attending to culture, ethnicity, racism and power in individual and family interventions with migrants and ethnocultural minorities; how cultural work transforms the therapist; ethical issues in intercultural work; strategies for working in different settings including schools, community organizations and refugee immigration boards. Invited lectures will frame the basic issues of clinical intervention through the paradigms of cultural voices and languages of symptoms, art, and play. The clinical intersection of healer, culture, diagnosis, and therapy will be approached by a review of developmental theories, identity and life cycle variations in migrant or minority experience. Text: Course readings are available at the McGill bookstore. Begins: May 6, 2008 (24 hours/4 weeks) T•Th 09h00-12h00.
This course presents a critical introduction to current issues in psychological trauma aimed at rethinking basic research, clinical, and public health issues in international mental health. Topics include: current conceptual models of trauma based on ethological studies, neurobiology of fear conditioning, and neuroendocrine responses to stress; cognitive and developmental models of trauma; trauma and memory; intervention models at levels of the individual, community, or population (public health); role of culture and social context in the individual and collective response to trauma and approaches to intervention. Peace building and post-conflict stabilization with case-studies from Peru, Sri Lanka and Kosovo. Texts: Kirmayer, L. J., Lemelson, R., & Barad, M. (Eds.) (2007). Understanding trauma: Integrating biological, clinical, and cultural perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press; Kleinman, A., Das, V., & Lock, M. (1997). Social Suffering. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press; Young, A. (1995). The harmony of illusions: Inventing post-traumatic stress disorder. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Begins: May 7, 2008 (4 weeks) W•F 13h30-16h45.
This course provides an overview of selected topics in qualitative research relevant to social and cultural psychiatric research. Topics: research paradigms and epistemological issues in qualitative research; ethnographic methods; grounded theory; discourse analysis, and narrative analysis. Participants will gain familiarity with the McGill Illness Narrative Interview Schedule, methods of qualitative analysis and guidelines for the preparation of qualitative research for publication. Begins: May 5, 2008 (4 weeks) M•W•F 09h00-12h00.
This workshop will provide an overview of the statistical bases and limitations of methods to assess the transcultural validity of mental health scales (including: coefficients of reliability and factorial invariance, and patterns of factor loadings and symptom endorsement) and diagnostic interviews used in epidemiological research. These methods will be illustrated with validation studies from recent literature and with practical exercises. Other topics selected from: research design (univariate vs. multivariate statistical approaches, culture comparison vs. acculturation strategies, quasi-experimental designs); IRT methods for scale construction, and for separating item-bias from true-score differences; programmatic integration of quantitative and qualitative methods. [Prerequisites: Courses in introductory statistics.] Begins May 6, 2008 (24 hours/4 weeks) T•Th 09h00-12h00.
This workshop, facilitated by Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project researchers and community members, will address participatory research based on their experiences. Topics will include: participatory research theory; building and maintaining healthy respectful partnerships; developing collaborative project strategies from design through dissemination; ownership of research data; maximizing benefits and minimizing community risks; capacity building and sustainability. The development and application of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project Code of Research Ethics will be highlighted (www.ksdpp.org). Obligations of researchers and community partners will be discussed in the context of the new ethic of respecting community. June 2, 2008 (8 hours) M 09h00-18h00.
Kevin Avruch, Ph.D., Professor, Conflict Resolution and Anthropology, George Mason University; Associate Director, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR).
Gilles Bibeau, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal; Co-chair, International Network for Cultural Epidemiology and Community Mental Health.
Sylvaine de Plaen, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal; Consultant, Out-Patient and Consultation-Liaison Services, Hôpital Ste-Justine.
Mason Durie, MBChB, D Psych, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) and Professor of Māori Research and Development, Massey University, New Zealand.
Suman Fernando, M.A., M.D., FRCPsych (UK), Honorary Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, European Centre for the Study of Migration & Social, University of Kent (UK); Visiting Professor, London Metropolitan University (UK).
Johan Galtung, Ph.D., Rector, TRANSCEND Peace University, Founder and Director TRANSCEND.
Peter Hunčík M.D., Chairman, Civic Communication and Conflict Prevention Group, Slovakia.
Myrna Lashley, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, John Abbott College; Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital.
Alain Lesage, M.D., M.Phil., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal, Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin de l'Hôpital L-H Lafontaine.
Anthony Marsella, Ph.D., D.H.C., Professor Emeritus , Department of Psychology, University of Hawaii & President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
Andrew Ryder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal.
Marian Shermarke, M.S.W., M.Sc., M.A., Social Worker, C.L.S.C.-Côte des Neiges (Service d'aide aux réfugiés immigrants Montréal métropolitain, SARIMM).
Carlos Sluzki, M.D., Professor, College of Health and Human Services and Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), George Mason University.
Carlo Sterlin, M.D., Director, Transcultural Psychiatry Service, Hôpital Jean Talon; Consultant, C.L.S.C.-Côte des Neiges.
Donna Stewart, M.D., Lillian Love Chair in Women's Health at the University Health Network of the University of Toronto.
Robert Whitley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth University, New Hampshire.
Please see our Faculty web page for more information.
Lawrence Annable, Dip. Stat., Professor, Division of Psychopharmacology, Department of Psychiatry.
Alain Brunet, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Ellen Corin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Michael Doxtater, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Director, Indigenous Studies in Education Research and Teaching.
Nancy Frasure-Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry; Senior Research Associate, Montreal Heart Institute; Invited Researcher, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Research Centre.
Guillaume Galbaud du Fort, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Researcher, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital; Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University Health Centre.
Ian Gold, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Psychiatry.
Danielle Groleau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital.
Jaswant Guzder, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Head of Child Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital; Director, Day Treatment Program in Child Psychiatry; Staff Consultant (former Co-Director), Cultural Consultation Service.
G. Eric Jarvis, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Cultural Consultation Service, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital.
Suzanne King, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Laurence J. Kirmayer, M.D., James McGill Professor; Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Editor-in-Chief of Transcultural Psychiatry; Director, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital.
Viviane Kovess, MD., PhD., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill (part-time) & Director, Fondation MGEN pour la santé publique, Paris, France.
Eric Latimer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Karl Looper, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital.
Ann C. Macaulay, M.D., Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Director of Participatory Research at McGill, and previous Scientific Director Kahnawake Centre for Research and Training in Diabetes Prevention.
Ashok Malla, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Canada Research Chair in Early Psychosis, McGill University; Director, Clinical Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Toby Measham, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry. Department of Psychiatry.
Céline Mercier, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Director of New Information Technologies and Research, Centre de réadaptation Lisette-Dupras.
Lucie Nadeau, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry.
Ronald Niezen, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Comparative Study of Indigenous Rights and Identity & Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology.
Duncan Pedersen, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Scientific Director, International Programs, Douglas Hospital Research Centre; Scientific Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health.
Michel Perreault, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Charo Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine.
Ellen Rosenberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Research Associate, C.L.S.C.- Côte des Neiges.
Cécile Rousseau, M.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Transcultural Child Psychiatry Clinic.
Norbert Schmitz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Donald M. Taylor, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology and Director, Intergroup Relations and Aboriginal Peoples Laboratory (IRAP).
Brett Thombs, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Sir Mortimer B. Davis—Jewish General Hospital.
Jim Torczyner, D.S.W., Professor, School of Social Work. Founder and Director, McGill Middle East Program in Civil Society and Peace Building.
Allan Young, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology, and Psychiatry.
For out-of-town students, housing will be available at the Royal Victoria College Residence, only a ten-minute walk through the University campus from the Department of Psychiatry. Accommodations consist of a single room, modestly equipped for study purposes, and shared bathrooms. Linen and a small refrigerator are provided. For information, please contact:
McGill Summer Accommodations Office
Summer Business Coordinator
Email: reserve [dot] residences [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Visitors might also explore the possibility of staying at one of the downtown hotels that offer daily, weekly or monthly rates. Some of these hotels include:
Clarion Hotel & Suites
2100 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montréal, Qc H3H 1K6. Toll-free: 1-800-361-7191; Tel: (514) 931-8861; Fax: (514) 931-7726;
Email: info [at] clarionmontreal [dot] com
Marriott Residence Inn Downtown
2045 Peel Street, Montréal (Québec) H3A 1T6. Toll free: 1-888-999-9494; Tel: (514) 982-6064; Fax: (514) 844-8361;
Email: mdelgaudio [at] residenceinn-mtl [dot] com
1659 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal (Québec) H3H 1E3. Toll free: 1-888-933-8111; Tel: (514) 933-3611; Fax: (514) 933-6867;
Email: reservations [at] versailleshotels [dot] com
- Le Meridien Versailles Montréal
1808 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal (Québec) H3H 1E5. Toll free: 1-888-933-8111; Tel: (514) 933-8111; Fax: (514) 933-6867;
Email: reservations [at] versailleshotels [dot] com
We encourage you to make your inquiries as soon as possible.
For further information on accommodations and activities scheduled to take place during your visit, please contact the tourism office at:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 2W3
Toll-free: 1-800-BONJOUR (Canada and US)
Tel.: 514-873-2015; Fax: 514-864-3838
Registration deadline: April 1 (early application is advised because enrollment is limited). Registration must be accompanied by an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a $50.00 (CDN) nonrefundable application fee, payable to McGill University (applied towards total fee). The balance of fees must be paid by the first day of classes. The department reserves the right to cancel under-subscribed courses in the Summer Program. In such cases, fees will be returned to the applicant. Before you register, make sure none of the courses you want to take are in conflict - check the Summer Program 2008 Schedule [.pdf] here. You may download the full application and email it to tcpsych [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dianne Goudreau) with your CV, or print and mail it to:
Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
|Family Name:||Given Name:|
|City:||State or Province:|
|Courses & Workshops||Fee||Amount Due|
|Cultural Psychiatry (May 6-29)|| |
|Psychiatric Epidemiology |
|Working with Culture (May 6-29)|| |
|Qualitative Research |
|Quantitative Methods (May 8-31)|| |
|Rethinking Trauma (May 7-30)|| |
|Community-based Participatory Research (June 2)|| |
|Advanced Study Institute|
|Workshop (April 29-30)||$200|
|Conference (May 1-2)||$150|
|Less Non-Refundable Application Fee||-$50|
|Balance Due (payable on or before first class)|
|Fees to be remitted in Canadian funds|
|Signature of Applicant:||Date:|
*For CME and Academic Credit application instructions, see the section on Academic Credit.