Netherlands, Utrecht

Psychotrauma and Culture

when 17 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 800

What is the role of ‘culture’ in treating PTSD? This course is about the interplay of trauma, culture, changing contexts and mental health care. The programme will address the challenges of providing culturally sensitive and effective mental health services for refugees and others who have faced (forced) migration and resettlement. We will focus on how trauma, torture, minority status and (adaptation to a new) context may influence mental health. In addition, attention will be given to protective factors (resilience) and risk factors, including prolonged uncertainty about the juridical status, loss of social bonds and loved ones, acculturation and discrimination. Participants will learn a variety of concepts and skills useful for research and mental health services, pertaining to: (a) the concept of complex trauma and culturally shaped expressions after trauma; (b) the influence of social factors and family position (different generations) in coping with trauma; (c) the sociocultural context in the process of diagnostics; (d) knowledge and skills that build cultural competence; (e) the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview; and (f) the cultural adaptation of evidence based interventions like CBT, EMDR, NET and BEPP. Although the focus will be on refugees, the course is informative for all researchers and clinicians involved in psychotraumatology who are interested in contextualized mental health care to diverse populations.

Course leader

dr. Jeroen Knipscheer

Target group

This course is designed for:
(1) PHD students in the field of health and social sciences;
(2) psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and other (mental) health professionals involved in clinical care and/or resesarch in the area of psychotraumatology

Course aim

In this course participants will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches in the field of trauma, culture, and insight into the influence of culture and context on cognitive and emotional processes following traumatic events , as well as on therapeutic interventions. Themes to be discussed include:
(1) the role of culture, minority status and context in the expression of psychopathology (e.g. in idioms of distress and in classification systems), and in pathways and barriers in help seeking after trauma;
(2) the role of culture and context in the development of (complex) PTSD, and psycho-social processes in the build-up to and healing after disaster, war and political violence.

Credits info

2 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 800: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 600: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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