Cultural Formulation: Relevance of the Cultural Axis in Our Therapeutic Work: Parts 1 & 2 | Social Justice & Inclusion Track, Mental Health Institute

NOTE: This event is specifically for Washington State attendees who are part of the behavioral health workforce.


This session is part of the Social Justice & Inclusion track of the Mental Health Institute.


This session is offered in two parts and attendance at both parts is expected:

  • Cultural Formulation: Relevance of the Cultural Axis in Our Therapeutic Work Part 1: November 14, 9:00am-1:00pm PT
  • Cultural Formulation: Relevance of the Cultural Axis in Our Therapeutic Work Part 1: November 16, 9:00am-1:00pm PT 


The sessions will be an overview of the relevance of the DSM-5 cultural formulation, otherness and cultural axis will be framed within a model of person-centered care. Theoretical implications of systemic, social, ecological, legal, and historical embedding will be explored both through readings and clinical case studies. The purpose of the sessions is to promote the integration of eclectic therapeutic elements with cultural and social realities of the client which shape social, relational, intrapsychic, developmental, and neurobiological experiences. The seminar will encourage discussion of cases with multiple perspectives and intervention pathways relevant to the care of a diverse patient population and to the realities of institutional issues and collaborative models of community engagement. Intragenerational and psychohistoriographic influences in complex trauma treatment, acculturation, displacement, cultural genocide, and other relevant patient issues will be highlighted.


Learning objectives:

The purpose of the seminar is to build on lived experience, multiple theoretical frameworks, social sciences, and mental health theory to attune us to cultural realities impacting healing, advocacy, assessment, and community engagement. The case studies used will be chosen to generate reflection and discussion on our ways of knowing in therapeutic contexts that engage with culture. Since cultural formulation approaches questions and attunement with diversity, and majority collective realities are often neglected in supervision, team discourse, or training, I hope the seminars will open a safe space for an exchange of ideas on this vast transitional area with stimulation of curiosity, awareness, critical thinking and optional pathways of intervention.


Contact hours will be available for participants who attend the entire session. The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620,WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

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Jaswant Guzder, MD, FRCP

Jaswant GuzderJaswant Guzder, MD, FRCP, is a McGill University Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, active in both Division of Child Psychiatry and Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, currently visiting professor (UBC), working in Victoria BC consultant to Center for Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health and Indigenous Child and Youth Health. She was former Head of Jewish General Hospital Child Psychiatry, Director of Childhood Disorders Hospital, first Director of Fellowship Program in Family Therapy Residency Training, founding Co-Director of the Jewish General Cultural Consultation Service. She has had active role in teaching and training at McGill and as an Associate of McGill School of Social Work. Her research work is mainly focused on children at risk and cultural psychiatry. She is active in the global health initiatives and training, the Dream a World cultural therapy project for high risk children since 2005 with University of West Indies. Her teaching and training work include ongoing work in India, Nepal, Turkey, India, Italy and Jamaica, collaborating with local and McGill partners. Her research and clinical initiatives in global child mental health include numerous articles and book chapters as well as the co-edited volume, Cultural Consultation: Encounter the Other in Mental Health Care. Her book in collaboration with the Museo Laboratorio della Mente was related to her art residency in Rome 2017. As an artist, clinician and advocate in mental health work she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal.


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Starts: Nov 14, 2022 9:00 am
Ends: Nov 16, 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
November 14, 2022
Event Type
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