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Teaching Sociocultural Psychiatry Throughout the Lifespan 

Teaching Sociocultural Psychiatry Throughout the Lifespan
Teaching Sociocultural Psychiatry Throughout the Lifespan

Priya Sehgal

, Maya Nauphal

, and Justin A. Chen

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date: 25 February 2021

In response to persistent and growing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States, health care institutions have started to enhance cultural competency education and training in both health care organizations and medical education. This effort to integrate culture into professional guidelines and training curricula has been consistent among the psychiatric workforce over the last few decades. While these efforts to address mental health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups are welcomed, much more work is needed to integrate sociocultural education into medical training. This chapter describes the evolution of sociocultural medical education from teaching cultural competence to cultural humility, with its opportunities and challenges. Using a case-based approach, the authors propose general principles from existing curricula that can help psychiatric faculty design and teach sociocultural curricula for psychiatry trainees in diverse settings.

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