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Cultural Adaptation of CBT
Cultural Adaptation of CBT
Cultural Adaptation of CBT

Cultural Adaptation of CBT

Farooq Naeem

Introduction

On December 1st 2023, Dr. Farooq Naeem delivered a 90-minute ethics webinar on the topic of cultural adaptation of CBT.

Workshop Outline

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a strong evidence base and is recommended by many treatment guidelines for a variety of psychological problems. However, it has been suggested that CBT is underpinned by specific cultural values and it needs cultural adaptation. Cultures differ in core values, for example Individualism-Collectivism, Cognitivism-Emotionalism, Free will-Determinism, and Materialism-Spiritualism. Few CBT adaptation guidelines were developed by therapists working with ethnic minority clients in the US. These guidelines mostly were not the direct outcome of research to address cultural issues, rather they were based on theoretical grounds or personal experiences (Naeem et al, 2019). The literature describing guidance for CBT cultural adaptation is limited. Our international group have used various methods to adapt CBT for clients from various backgrounds including African, Caribbean, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Middle Eastern and Pakistani. Culturally adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CaCBT) is an evidence-based practice.

Content

This webinar will provide an introduction to the topic of Cultural Adaptation of CBT. Professor Naeem will give a historical context to the work and describe his pioneering techniques for culturally adapting CBT that is used worldwide. He will give an overview of how this methodology is being used to adapt and test CBT in Canada in a multi-phase, mixed methods study to develop and evaluate culturally adapted CBT in order to improve community mental health services for Canadians of south Asian origin.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, attendees will learn to:

Recognize the importance of social origins of psychiatric illnesses

Begin to understand themes related to CBT and the need to culturally adapt CBT, especially in ethnic minority communities

Understand the principles underlying the necessary steps to culturally adapt CBT

Understand the research study evaluating culturally adapted CBT to improve community mental health services for Canadians of south Asian origin. 

About the Presenter

Dr. Farooq Naeem is a full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, 6 books and numerous therapy manuals and chapters. Dr. Naeem has pioneered techniques for culturally adapting CBT. These techniques have been used to adapt CBT in South Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, Kenya and China. Currently, this methodology is being used to adapt and test CBT in Canada in a multicenter study. More than 30 RCTs have been conducted on adapted CBT using his adaption model (Southampton Adaptation Framework for Culturally adapting CBT). His significant contribution to implementation science is establishing a national organization to train and accredit CBT therapists, deliver therapy, promote research and educate the general public: the Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists (https://pact.com.pk/). This remains the only example of national implementation of CBT in a low-income country.

Training Modalities

The workshop will include didactic content, role plays, videos, and Q&A

Who should attend

This presentation is suitable for any Canadian mental health professionals with a knowledge of CBT who wish to apply CBT in a culturally sensitive and appropriate way.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Bespoke Mental Health Canada is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Bespoke Mental Health Canada maintains responsibility for the program. 
After viewing this workshop live on December 1st 2023, participants have the option to complete an evaluation form in order to be eligible to receive a certificate confirming the number of credits awarded. This certificate will be sent via email. 

Participants who view this workshop as a pre-recorded event will need to complete an additional workshop knowledge quiz in order to be eligible to receive CE credits.

Participants who complete this workshop are eligible to receive 1.5 CE credits.

Fees

"Professionals: $60 CAD +tax
Students*: $48 CAD +tax
* Proof of student status may be required in order to qualify for a student rate."

Key References

Farooq Naeem, Peter Phiri, Shanaya Rathod, Muhammad Ayub: Cultural adaptation of cognitive–behavioural therapy. 04/2019;, DOI:10.1192/BJPsych Advances.2019.15

Naeem, F., Tuck, A., Mutta, B. et al. (2021). Protocol for a multi-phase, mixed methods study to develop and evaluate culturally adapted CBT to improve community mental health services for Canadians of south Asian origin. Trials, 22, 600. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05547-4

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