Course Summary

Practice Level: Advanced

How to provide culturally sensitive care for clients with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorder This book, written and edited by leading experts from around the world, looks critically at how culture impacts on the way post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorders are diagnosed and treated. There have been important advances in clinical treatment and research on PTSD, partly as a result of researchers and clinicians increasingly taking into account how culture matters.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain strategies to integrate culture into clinical care.
  • Recognize the variability of PTSD across cultures.
  • Discuss limitations in culturally relevant research on PTSD.
  • Describe cultural phenomenon related to the history of medicalized distress.
  • Explain cultural phenomenon related to metaphors of trauma and posttraumatic growth.
  • Identify cross-national patterns in PTSD.
  • Describe cultural adaptations to treatment.

Course Syllabus

  • Part 1: Culturally Sensitive Approaches to PTSD and Related Mental Disorders Culturally Responsive Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: An Ecosocial Approach Variability of PTSD and Trauma-Related Disorders Across Cultures: A Study of Cambodians Sociosomatics in the Context of Migration
  • Part 2: Cultural Values, Metaphors, and the Search for Universals Cultural Psychology Is More Than Cross-Cultural Comparisons: Toward Cultural Dimensions in Traumatic Stress Research Distress and Trauma in the Clinical History of Neurosis in Sweden and Finland Trauma and Umwelt: An Archetypal Framework for Humanitarian Interventions Wounds and Dirt: Gendered Metaphors in the Cultural History of Trauma Metaphors of Trauma in Indigenous Communities in India and Brazil Metaphors of Posttraumatic Growth: A Qualitative Study in Swiss, Lithuanian, and Brazilian Rural Communities Paradoxes and Parallels in the Global Distribution of Trauma-Related Mental Health Problems
  • Part 3: Global Mental Health and Intervention Challenges Principles and Evidence of Culture Sensitive Mental Health Approaches Culture-Sensitive Interventions in PTSD Cultural Adaptation of Scalable Interventions A Grief Intervention Embedded Within a Chinese Cultural Practice for Bereaved Parents


Andreas Maercker, PhD MD

Andreas Maercker, PhD MD, Professor and Chair at the Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, is one of the world’s leading experts in psychological trauma consequences and posttraumatic stress disorder. He directed several basic and treatment research programs on traumatized populations in Germany and Switzerland. From 2011 to 2018 he chaired the working group Stress-associated disorders for the ICD-11 revision by the World Health Organization.

Eva Heim, PhD

Eva Heim, PhD, co-directs the working group Cultural Clinical Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, and works as a psychotherapist at the Department s outpatient clinic. She graduated in clinical psychology from the University of Bern and conducted the fieldwork for her PhD in Bolivia, where she lived for four years.

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, is Professor and Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and a world-leading expert on cultural psychiatry. He founded and directs the annual Summer Program and Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill. He also directs the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research.

Accreditation Approval Statements

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 10 cultural competence continuing education credits.

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