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Cultural Assessment in Clinical Psychiatry (Gap Report (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry)) Paperback – January, 2002

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[W]e believe that this book provides a useful guide to the historical and conceptual underpinnings of the DSM cultural formulation and in doing so, takes a step in the direction suggested by the Surgeon General. We recommend it to mental health clinicians as an introduction to cultural assessment in clinical psychiatry. Alex Kopelowicz, M.D., and Steve Lopez, Ph.D., Journal of Clinical Psychiatry In this book, the authors have all demonstrated expertise in cultural psychiatry as is shown by their impressively researched presentation of how culture intertwines with and affects mental health and illness. In addition, clinical values are well illustrated through consideration of specific cultural variables along with the application of DSM-IV-TR guidelines as they are used for cultural formulation of a series of clinical case examples. Deborah L. Scuglik, M.D., Metapsychology Online Book Reviews Cultural Assessment in Clinical Psychiatry works like an effective how-to-do manual. Interesting case examples add to the rich application of the cultural formulation. This is a must-read book for all trainees in mental health. Lillian Comas-Diaz, Ph.D., The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease The Committee on Cultural Psychiatry of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry has written an excellent book, as one might expect from a group of individuals who have all had a major role in shaping our current understanding of cultural psychiatry. Russell Lim, M.D., Psychiatric Services

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Product Details

  • Series: Gap Report (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Psychiatric Pub; 1st edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873181441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873181440
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,594,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis G. Lu, M.D., is the Luke & Grace Kim Endowed Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He is also Assistant Dean for Faculty Diversity, Emeritus, for the School of Medicine. Born in 1949 from immigrant Chinese parents, he has devoted his career to cultural psychiatry and psychiatric education, cultural competence and diversity, the interface of religion/spirituality and psychiatry, and the transpersonal as seen in film. He has either co-authored, co-edited, or contributed to the books listed. His Google profile is: or See also, then search "films"

Previously, he was Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Director of the Cultural Competence and Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), where he had worked from July 1977 to June 2009.

Dr. Lu has participated on expert panels and advisory committees on diversity, cultural competence, and mental health disparities sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, HHS Office of Minority Health, HRSA, SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services, the California Endowment, the Templeton Foundation, the American Psychiatric Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the California State Department of Mental Health, and the University of California.

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The book is informative and describes in greater detail a culturally sensitive approach to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the individual. It provides case examples which help to illustrate how the practices are implemented. It is a good resource for the culturally sensitive clinician.
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