Cultural and Linguistic Competence Resources

Cultural Formulation Interview and Resources

The Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) provides the opportunity of a clinical storytelling process between the client and the provider where cultural humility centers the understanding of mental health. Access the slides and recordings from this four session webinar series, where we bring the creators and developers of this tool together to discuss and share insights, resources and recommendations on how to use the principles of the CFI while working with adults, children, adolescents and families. 


Session 1: The Value of Person-Centered Cultural Assessment in Clinical Practice

Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD & Dr. Neil Krishan Aggarwal, MD, MBA, MA
Harvard University / New York State Psychiatric Institute

This presentation describes the role of culture in the experience of and presentation of mental  health problems by individuals seeking care and in assessments and treatments offered by providers. The value of a person-centered cultural assessment is presented, focusing on cultural concepts of distress, social determinants of mental health, and treatment planning and engagement. The Cultural Formulation Interview is  introduced, a standardized method for person-centered assessment that appeared in DSM-5. 


Session 2: The Core Cultural Formulation Interview: Development, Research, and Implementation

Dr. Neil Krishan Aggarwal, MD, MBA, MA & Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD
New York State Psychiatric Institute / Harvard University

This presentation described the process that the DSM-5 Cross-Cultural Issues Subgroup followed to develop the core Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI). It summarizes research evidence since the publication of the DSM-5 in 2013. It also offers recommendations for clinicians to implement the CFI with adults in their practice settings.


Session 3: Using the Cultural Formulation Interview with Children and Adolescents

Dr. Martin LaRoche, PhD
Harvard University. Boston Children's Hospital at Martha Eliot.

In this webinar, the presenter shares clinical wisdom on how to use the CFI to assess and engage with children and adolescents in a culturally responsive manner. 


Session 4: Working with Families with the Cultural Formulation Interview

Dr. Cécile Rousseau, MD.
Professor of Social and Cultural Psychiatry. McGill University. Canada.

This session will describe the usefulness of the CFI with families, integrate this approach in assessments of families and reflect on the complexity of cultural formulation with families.