Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD

Edited by: Andreas Maercker, Eva Heim, Laurence J. Kirmayer

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Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD

State-of-the-art knowledge on how culture impacts on the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress and related disorders. Leading experts show:

  • How culture shapes mental health and recovery
  • How to integrate culture and context into PTSD theory
  • How trauma-related distress is experienced and expressed in different cultures
  • How to integrate cultural dimensions in therapy

More about the book

This book, written and edited by leading experts from around the world, looks critically at how culture impacts on the way posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorders are diagnosed and treated. There have been important advances in clinical treatment and research on PTSD, partly as a result of researchers and clinicians increasingly taking into account how “culture matters.”

For mental health professionals who strive to respond to the needs of people from diverse cultures who have experienced traumatic events, this book is invaluable. It presents recent research and practical approaches on key topics, including:

  • How culture shapes mental health and recovery
  • How to integrate culture and context into PTSD theory
  • How trauma-related distress is experienced and expressed in different cultures, reflecting local values, idioms, and metaphors
  • How to integrate cultural dimensions into psychological interventions.

Providing new theoretical insights as well as practical advice, it will be of interest to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals, as well as researchers and students engaged with mental health issues, both globally and locally.

"PTSD and Culture". Read an online interview with Andreas Maecker

From the reviews

"Culturally responsive care demands culturally sensitive, evidence-based interventions. The editors undertake the mammoth task of integrating expertise from several interdisciplinary fields such as cultural clnical psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, philosophy, social anthropology, and sociology [and] impressively deliver a wealth of knowledge for a wide range of audiences. The book affirms the relevance of challenging the universality of Western frameworks for clinically comprehending psychological trauma [and] emphasizes appropriately adapting existing psychological categories, constructs, assessments, and treatments.Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD weaves together an enriching volume of literature and offers much-needed integrative knowledge on the nuances of psychological trauma and its cultural variances and interventions."
Suchithra Varadarajan, Institute of Psychology and Education, University of Ulm, Germany, in Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psythotherapie (2021), 50, 100-103

Praise for the book

"A 230-page volume of research, new concepts, new language, and a deeper understanding of how an individual’s cultural background significantly impacts the psychotherapeutic relationship.
One of the strengths of this book is the careful organization of material that builds upon each of the parts. [It delineates] how to determine what components of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions can be adapted, what internationally accepted tools exist to facilitate communication, and how to gather the results of these proceedings to further the delivery of personalized mental health care in settings far removed from the controlled spaces of a professional office. In the assessment of a number of commonly adapted interventions, I wasn’t surprised to find that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been the most successful. What was less intuitive was that the type of response to an intervention is influenced strongly by whether or not the person comes from a culture that is either predominantly individualistic or collectivistic.
The principles and concepts developed in this book can be easily adapted to the care of immigrant, multicultural populations."

Maria Grande, MD, St. Catharines, Ontario, in Medical Psychotherapy Review (2021), 28, 8-9

"The field of cultural clinical psychology takes an important stride forward with this carefully edited volume on the cultural shaping of posttraumatic stress disorder. An impressive group of experts combines rich theory with empirical and clinical examples from a wide range of contexts, embracing the complexity of the subject while pointing the way to potential solutions. This volume ought to be read by anyone working at the intersection of culture and mental health."
Andrew G. Ryder, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

"Comprehensive, evidence-based and practical. This terrific book brings together authors and topics from many different disciplines and fields of expertise to build a foundation for the cultural clinical psychology of trauma and its consequences. It is a must-read for those who work with traumatized patients, both in clinical and research settings."
Jianping Wang, PhD, MD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Beijing Normal University, China

"This text is an essential resource for traumatic stress professionals and others engaged in culturally-informed research, practice, and policy development in our increasingly diverse and multicultural society."
Diane Elmore Borbon, PhD, MPH, Immediate Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, DC, USA

"This comprehensive resource is full of ideas and wise guidance for expanding our thinking about trauma and its consequences. It provides rich clinical examples of the cultural and contextual adaptation of trauma-related interventions as well as a roadmap of key issues for researchers seeking to lay the foundations for a cultural clinical psychology of traumatic stress. Those seeking to assist trauma survivors from different cultures and countries will be helped to take a giant step towards real cultural competence."
Josef I. Ruzek, PhD, Co-Director, Center for m2 Health, Palo Alto University, CA, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, CA, USA

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