Culture and Mental Health

Editor’s note: Pablo Anabalon, PsyD, presented this workshop as part of Being Present: A Faithful Response to Mental Health, a symposium hosted by North Park University and North Park Theological Seminary on November 8, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Culture has been compared to a silent language that communicates without words through tradition, beliefs, and behavior. Culture creates a social context for understanding mental illness, its cause, and how it should be treated through worldviews reflecting deeply held values that both shape and interpret reality. This workshop will explore cultural perspectives on mental illness and the significance of cultural awareness for individuals, congregations and clinicians. Living in multiethnic communities, what is a culturally responsive approach to mental illness that can inform the church as well as clinicians?

Download the handouts for this workshop here.



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