2005 Advanced Study Institute

April 28 & 29, 2005

Stigma and the Dynamics of Social Integration

There is increasing recognition that social stigma is a major contributor to the course and outcome of psychiatric disorders as well as contributing to the personal impact of other forms of chronic illness. Initial hopes that biologizing psychiatric disorders would alleviate stigma have not be borne out. Indeed, the meaning and social consequences of biological and psychological explanations vary markedly across cultures. This conference will bring together an international group of experts to rethink psychiatric stigma and social integration in the context of cross-national differences in culture and social structure. Sessions will address a wide range of topics including: (1) cross-national comparative studies of stigma in mental illness; (2) the social dynamics of stigma and exclusion; (3) interactions of racism and other forms of prejudice with psychiatric stigma); and (4) novel approaches to promoting social integration. There will be a poster session for participants who wish to present research studies or intervention programs.

Guest faculty include: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Suman Fernando, Byron Good, Frederick Hickling, Sushrut Jadhav, Janis Jenkins, Miguel Jorge, Roland Littlewood, Guido Mazzotti, Samuel Noh

McGill faculty: Ellen Corin, Jaswant Guzder, G. Eric Jarvis, Laurence J. Kirmayer, Karl Looper, Ashok Malla, Duncan Pedersen, Ccile Rousseau

Dates: April 28 & 29, 2005 (12 hours) Th & F 08h30-17h00

Reception: April 28, Th 4 1800h-19h30

Location: Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry 4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Road, Montreal (Quebec)

Download full ASI program: ASI-2005 [.pdf]

More information on the Summer Program in Social & Cultural Psychiatry can be found here.

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