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Introduction to Culture and Psychological Therapies:  Barriers, Bridges and Stumbling Blocks

Introduction to Culture and Psychological Therapies: Barriers, Bridges and Stumbling Blocks

This lecture provides an introduction to using western notions of psychological therapy in cross-culture settings.  Culture is firstly defined and explanations about its changing nature given, particularly in a multicultural society like Australia. The lecturer discusses how although generalisations may be made, exploring an individuals unique ways of adapting to their culture or cultures is essential in providing effective therapy.
Australia is a land of diversity where there are a large number of migrants whom we face in our daily practise. There are many similarities as well as differences across-cultures .Self awareness, respect and sensitivity are essential when working in this context. Many of our clients from non-western cultures may not be familiar with western models of therapy which can challenge the appropriateness of our therapeutic interventions. As therapists we need to find ways of building a bridge so we can cross over the barriers.

This lecture is the first in a series exploring cross-cultural issues in therapy. Many questions will be raised in this first lecture, some of which will be answered now. Others will require the viewer to think about their own reactions to these issues and which will elaborated upon in later lectures in this series.

Areas of Interest / Categories: Cultural Issues, Therapy