17th Annual Summer Program
May 2 to June 3, 2011
You can download the 2011 Summer Program in PDF format.
2011 Summer Program Brochure [.pdf].
- Cultural Psychiatry
- Psychiatric Epidemiology CANCELLED for 2011
- Working with Culture
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Trauma and Recovery
- Community-Based Participatory Research
- Global Mental Health Research
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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: Tammy Thibault
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry,
Department of Psychiatry
1033 Pine Avenue West
Email: tcpsych [at] mcgill.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 elsewhere) must apply for "Special Student" status to register for the courses. Applicants can access the McGill web application at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply. Applications for "Special Student" status from international students must be received by January 15, 2011 and Canadian applicants must apply by February 15, 2011. All applicants must include a $100.00 (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: graduate.psychiatry [at] mcgill.ca
The application deadline is January 15, 2011
Psychiatrists and general practitioners from North America, who are 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.
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- 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: history of cultural psychiatry; 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; globalization and the future of cultural psychiatry. [Prerequisites: Courses in abnormal psychology and medical anthropology.] Text: Course readings will be available at the McGill Bookstore. Begins: May 3, 2011 (4 weeks) T•Th 13h30-18h00 & F 09h00-12h00, Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West.
Offered in the:
CANCELLED for 2011
G. Galbaud du Fort, N. Frasure-Smith, & Guest 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, and needs for care. Text: Course readings will be available at the McGill Bookstore. Begins: May 2, 2011 (4 weeks) M•W•F 13h30-16h45, Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West.
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 will be available at the McGill Bookstore. Begins: May 3, 2011 (4 weeks) T•Th 09h00-12h00, Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West.
This workshop presents a critical introduction to current issues in psychological trauma aimed at reviewing research advances and reassessing clinical and public health interventions in response to organized violence, massive traumatic experiences and environmental adversities. Topics include: social and political issues shaping traumatic experience; traumatic memory; the role of culture in shaping individual and collective responses to trauma; critical perspectives in trauma theory and practice; gender issues; intervention models at individual (clinical), community-based and population (public health) levels; policy implications for managing complex emergencies and humanitarian interventions. Participants are expected to review the literature, present summaries of selected readings, and discuss the reviewed materials as required. Case-studies (Guatemala, the occupied Palestinian Territories and/or Nepal) will be presented. Texts: Kirmayer, L. J., Lemelson, R., & Barad, M. (Eds.). (2007). Understanding trauma: Integrating biological, clinical, and cultural perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press; Shalev, A., Yehuda, R., & McFarlane, A. (Eds.). (2000). International Handbook of Human Response to Trauma. New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers. Begins: May 4, 2011 (4 weeks) W•F 13h30-16h45, Room 102, Social Studies of Medicine Building, 3647 Peel Street.
This course provides an overview of selected topics while focusing on a practicum approach to qualitative research relevant to social and cultural psychiatric research. A particular focus will be given to practicing methods for generating and analyzing qualitative empirical material. Role-playing methods will be used to introduce methods including individual interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. Participants will also gain familiarity with ethnographic interviewing with the McGill Illness Narrative Interview. In-class work will also provide the opportunity to practice qualitative coding using thematic analysis and grounded theory. Finally, the course will address how to write a fundable qualitative research grant and a qualitative research paper for publication. Begins: May 2, 2011 (4 weeks) M•W 09h00-12h00, Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West.
This workshop, facilitated by members of the centre 'Participatory Research at McGill' (pram.mcgill.ca) together with Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project researchers and community members (www.ksdpp.org/), 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 and increased knowledge translation. . The development and application of the CIHR Guidelines for Research Involving Aboriginal People and the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project Code of Research Ethics will be included. Obligations of researchers and community partners will be discussed in the context of the ethics of respecting individuals and community. Date: May 30, 2011 (6 hours) M 09h00-16h00. This workshop takes place in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, but students are required to present themselves to Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West, by 8:00 in order to be transported as a group to Kahnawake.
The seminar and workshop will provide an introduction to key issues in global mental health research in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Current health system responses to mental health needs will be presented, using WHO Atlas data, regional summaries, and more detailed narratives of case studies from sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Global mental health research requires cross-disciplinary skills and a solid knowledge of the social determinants of mental health, use of research methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative) adapted to resource-poor countries, cross-cultural sensitivity and competency in negotiating roles and expectations with collaborating partners in LMICs. This course will survey: a) the global burden of mental illness; b) poverty, social inequalities and health outcomes; c) connections between macro- and micro-social determinants of mental illness; d) innovative policies and interventions for decentralization of health resources and implementation of community-based care, including packages of care for specific disorders and comprehensive programmes of mental-health care for groups at risk; e) adaptations of research methods across different cultures, regions and levels of development; and f) scaling up the coverage of mental health interventions, financing and related issues. The seminar will include lectures, presentation and discussion of readings by faculty and students, and case study presentations, supplemented by video documentaries and films. Begins: May 31, 2011 (28 hours) T, W, Th, F 09h00-17h00. Location: TBD.
Naomi Adelson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University.
Vaughan Bell, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London.
Gilles Bibeau, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal; Co-chair, International Network for Cultural Epidemiology and Community Mental Health.
Tom Boellstorff, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California Irvine; Editor-in-Chief, American Anthropologist.
Stéphane Bouchard, Ph.D., Professor and Canada Research Chair in Cyberpsychology, University of Quebec at Ouatouais.
Sylvaine de Plaen, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal; Consultant, Out-Patient and Consultation-Liaison Services, Hôpital Ste-Justine.
Suman Fernando, M.D., Honorary Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at European Centre for Migration & Social Care, University of Kent.
Ghayda Hassan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
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.
François Lespérance, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Montreal; Chief of Psychiatry, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montreal.
Kwame McKenzie, M.D., Senior Scientist, Social Equity and Health Research Section, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Vikram Patel, M.Sc., MRCPsych, Ph.D., FMedSci., Professor of International Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.
Sadeq Rahimi, M.Sc., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan.
Eugene Raikhel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago.
Andrew Ryder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal.
Radhika Santhanam, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist & Supervisor, The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture; Consultant, Koori Kids Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Melbourne, Australia.
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).
Carlo Sterlin, M.D., Director, Transcultural Psychiatry Service, Hôpital Jean Talon; Consultant, C.L.S.C.-Côte des Neiges.
Derek Summerfield, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.
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.
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.
Kia Faridi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry.
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.
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.
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.
Nancy Low, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry.
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.
Toby Measham, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry. Department of Psychiatry.
Lucie Nadeau, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry.
Ronald Niezen, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in the 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, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Amir Raz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry.
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.
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.
Ashley Wazana, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Montreal Children's Hospital.
Robert Whitley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
Allan Young, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology, and Psychiatry.