Cognitive-behavioural stress managment in a cross-cultural setting

Cognitive-behavioural stress managment in a cross-cultural setting

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Although Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well established and effective treatment for stress and anxiety in the West, its application is not well established in countries such as Pakistan where a dearth of Clinical Psychologists and those who exist are not well trained in CBT.  Since the theories underlying CBT strategies are based on experimental research and therefore found to have a solid foundation, their cross cultural application becomes more viable.  Moreover, the concept of ‘Islamic Psychology’ which is currently being talked about by Muslim psychologists and academics seems to fit in with the CBT much more than with more traditional psychotherapies.

The presenter had the opportunity to run a CBT based group stress management programme for medical students in Karachi, Pakistan.  An overview of the strategies used in the group programme will be given as well as some preliminary outcome data on its effectiveness that was obtained.  Some of the difficulties and issues will also be discussed.

 

 

 

Speakers: Shehzi Yusaf
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