2016 Summer Program

22nd Annual Summer Program

May 2 to June 24, 2016

 

PDF icon 2016 Summer School Program

 

General information

Registration information

Courses and workshops

Guest faculty

McGill faculty

 


 

In 1995, the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University inaugurated an annual summer school in social and cultural psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. The program provides the conceptual background for research and clinical work in social and cultural psychiatry and will be of interest to:

  • postdoctoral trainees, researchers, and clinicians in psychiatry and other mental health disciplines
  • residents and graduate students in health and social sciences
  • physicians, psychologists, social workers and health professionals

The summer program forms part of the training activities of the Montreal WHO Collaborating Centre and is endorsed by the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology.

General information

Director: Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD

Administrator: Consuelo Errazuriz

Administrative Office:
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry,
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
1033 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec   H3A 1A1

Tel.: 514-398-7302
Email: tc.psych [at] mcgill.ca

 

Registration Information

Courses may be taken for academic credit or for professional interest. The Advanced Study Institute Conference and Workshops may be taken only for professional interest or CME credit.

Enrolment for courses and workshops is limited and early application is strongly advised. Please note the application deadlines in order to submit your application. All applicants must submit the registration form (available at the end of this booklet) together with a CV to the Summer Program Coordinator at tc.psych [at] mcgill.ca to obtain permission to attend the course(s). Be sure to include your current contact information (mailing address, telephone, e-mail and McGill ID (if applicable)) and specify which course(s) you would like to attend.

 

Professional Interest and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit

Students and professionals applying to the summer program for professional interest can do so through the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry. On successful completion of the course or workshop, a certificate of attendance will be provided by the Division. This does not confer formal academic credit, for which a separate application is required (see below). Registration for professional interest is accepted as long as room is available in the course or workshop.

Medical practitioners may register for the ASI conference and workshops for CME credit. This event is an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Those interested in obtaining CME credits must indicate this clearly on the registration form. To receive CME credits, participants must sign in daily.

Registration for Professional Interest can only be completed through the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry.

 

Academic credit

The Cultural Psychiatry (PSYT711) and Psychiatric Epidemiology (PSYT713) courses may be taken for academic credit by students enrolled in a graduate program at McGill or another university. All applicants for academic credit must submit their CV to the summer program coordinator at tc.psych [at] mcgill.ca to obtain permission to attend the course(s). Be sure to include your current contact information (mailing address, telephone, e-mail and McGill ID number (if applicable)) and specify which course(s) you would like to attend. After this initial step, all further correspondence regarding the registration process for academic credit will be with Cindy Lui, Department of Psychiatry Graduate Program Coordinator, by e-mail at: graduate.psychiatry [at] mcgill.ca, Tel: (514) 398-2458 or Fax: (514) 398-4370.

McGill Graduate Students

After receiving permission to attend the course(s), students should register on Minerva once the McGill summer registration period for graduate students begins. Detailed summer registration information will be available in the middle of March in individual departments and at www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/registration/dates. Students are billed by McGill Student Accounts

 

McGill Double Program Students and McGill Psychiatry Residents

 

After receiving permission to attend the course(s), double program students may go to the following link to register https://mcgill.ca/students/records/cc.

 

After receiving permission to attend the course(s), Psychiatry residents who want to take the courses for credit need to obtain permission from the Graduate Program director and from the Faculty of Medicine. If interested to register for professional interest, apply to tc.psych [at] mcgill.ca. McGill double program students and McGill psychiatry residents are billed by McGill Student Accounts: https://mcgill.ca/student-accounts/tuition-fees/general-information/exchange-senior-citizens-part-time-and-double-program

 

Visiting, Exchange and Special Students

 

After receiving permission to attend the course(s), please go to https://mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/visiting#visiting to verify what kind of student are you. Please pay attention to the February 15, 2016. Deadline. Official notification of acceptance is issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

 

Non-McGill, Québec University Students

After receiving permission to attend the course(s) from your home University and from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, you must initiate an online application to request the required authorizations at www.mcgill.ca/students/iut . Refer to your home university website for regulations on the number of credits allowed, as well as policies for transferring credits. Note: Once the Québec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) application is approved by both the home and host universities, you remain responsible for registering in the course that was approved. At McGill, you must register on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva). Fees are paid to your home university.

 

Students from University of Toronto and University of British Columbia

After receiving permission to attend the course(s) from their home university and from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, students must submit a registration exchange form to their home university and to the graduate program coordinator at McGill. Fees are paid to their home university. 

 

Students from other Universities in Canada (Inter University Credit Transfer)

After receiving permission to attend the course(s) from your home University and from the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, please verify the registration procedure that you should follow: Visiting, Exchange or special Student by visiting the following link: https://mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/visiting#visiting. The application fee cannot be applied towards course/workshop fees. Official notification of acceptance as a “Visiting Student” or a “Special Student” is issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students obtain a McGill student identity number when applying and use this to register for the course(s) on Minerva. Transfer of academic credits should be arranged with the applicant’s own university. Fees are paid to your home university. 

 

International Students

Students and professionals applying to the summer program for professional interest (PI) must do so through the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry. To receive formal academic credit, after receiving permission to attend the course(s) by the Division’s instructor and their own university/department, students must apply for “Special Student” status at McGill: https://mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/apply  by January 15, 2016. The application fee cannot be applied toward course/workshop fees. Official notification of acceptance as a Special Student is issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Students obtain a McGill student identity number when applying and use this to register for the course(s) on Minerva. Transfer of academic credits should be arranged with the applicant’s own university. Students are billed by McGill Student Accounts: www.mcgill.ca/student-accounts.

 

M.Sc. Program in Psychiatry

Students who wish to apply for the MSc program in Psychiatry (with concentration in Social and Transcultural Psychiatry) should direct inquiries to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
1033 Pine Avenue West, Room 107
Montreal, Quebec   H3A 1A1

Tel.: 514-398-4176
Email: graduate.psychiatry [at] mcgill.ca
Website: https://mcgill.ca/psychiatry/

The deadlines for applications and documents from International and Canadian students for the MSc and PhD programs are:

September 15 for entry in January for all applicants.

January 15 for entry in May for international applicants (and part-time International applicants seeking credit for summer courses).

February 15 for entry in May for Canadian applicants and for part-time applicants in the Transcultural courses.

March 15 for entry in September for all applicants.

For more information please visit: https://mcgill.ca/psychiatry/education/graduate-program

 

Courses and workshop

 

Courses

PSYT 711 Cultural Psychiatry

L. Kirmayer & Faculty (3 academic credits)

This course surveys recent theory and research on the interaction of culture and psychiatric disorders. Topics to be covered include: history of cultural psychiatry; cross-national epidemiological and ethnographic research on major and minor psychiatric disorders; culture-bound syndromes and idioms of distress; culture, emotion and social interaction; somatization and dissociation; psychosis; ritual and symbolic healing and psychotherapy; mental health of indigenous peoples; mental health of immigrants and refugees; psychiatric theory and practice as cultural constructions; methods of cross-cultural research; models of mental health care for multicultural societies; globalization and the future of cultural psychiatry. 

Prerequisites: Courses in abnormal psychology, psychiatry or medical anthropology, and permission of the instructor.
Text: Course readings will be available at the McGill Bookstore.
Begins: May 3-28, 2016 (4 weeks) T•Th  13:30-18:00 
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

PSYT 713 Psychiatric Epidemiology

G. Galbaud du Fort, N. Low & Faculty (3 academic credits)

This course offers an overview of the application of epidemiology in the field of psychiatry. Topics include: epidemiologic research methods in psychiatry; instruments and methods used in community studies; study of treatment-seeking, pathways to care, and use of services; interaction between psychological distress and physical health; methods used in specific populations and for specific disorders; introduction to clinical trials, needs for care and evaluation research. 

Prerequisites: EPIB 601 or equivalent, and permission of the instructor.
Text: Course readings will be available at the McGill Bookstore; presentations will be available online.
Begins: May 2-27, 2016 (4 weeks) M•W•F  13:30-16:45
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

Workshops

Working with Culture: Clinical Methods in Cultural Psychiatry
J. Guzder & R. Santhanam-Martin

This workshop for mental health practitioners provides an overview of clinical models and methods in cultural psychiatry. Topics include: working with translators and culture brokers; attending to culture, ethnicity, racism and power in individual and family interventions with migrants and ethnocultural minorities; how cultural work transforms the therapist; ethical issues in intercultural work; strategies for working in different settings including schools, community organizations and refugee immigration boards. Invited lecturers will frame the basic issues of clinical intervention through the paradigms of cultural voices and languages of symptoms, art, and play. The clinical intersection of healer, culture, diagnosis, and therapy will be approached by a review of developmental theories, identity, and life-cycle variations in migrant or minority experience. 

Text: Course readings will be available at the McGill Bookstore.
Begins: May 3-26, 2016 (4 weeks) T•Th  09:00-12:00
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

The McGill Illness Narrative Interview (MINI)
D. Groleau

This workshop will provide an introduction to the McGill Illness Narrative Interview (MINI), a semi-structured protocol for eliciting information about illness experience that has been widely used in psychiatry, medicine and global health research. This workshop will present the theoretical basis of the MINI as a tool for qualitative health research. We will also cover the potential links with the concepts and values of Person-Centered Medicine. The workshop will discuss ways to adapt the MINI to study issues involving health behavior, bodily practices, illness, diseases, somatic and emotional symptoms. Participants will practice the MINI in one-on-one interviews and learn ways to code and analyze qualitative data produced with the MINI. 

Text: Course readings will be available online.
Begins: May 3, 5, 10 & 12, 2016 (12 hours) T•Th  09:30-12:30
Location: TBD

Research Methods in Cultural Psychiatry
R. Whitley, A. Ryder & Faculty

NOTE: This course is now available for academic credit as PSYT 633 (3 academic credits)

This workshop will introduce participants to research methods in cultural and social psychiatry in a stepwise manner. The course will consist of three modules: (1) introduction to qualitative research; (2) introduction to quantitative research; (3) introduction to mixed-methods studies. Modules 1 and 2 will focus on methodologies, study design, execution, analysis and dissemination. In Module 3, students will learn how and when to integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches into a mixed-method study. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion of individual projects.

Text: Course readings will be available online.
Date: May 2-27, 2016, M•W•F 09:00-12:15
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

Global Mental Health Research
D. Pedersen & Faculty

This workshop provides an introduction to key issues in global mental health (GMH) research with special reference to low and middle-income countries (LMICs). We will explore the tensions between a vertical public health approach, grounded in a biomedical frame and current evidence-based practices, and a horizontal community-based approach, that emphasizes local taxonomies and priorities, empowerment of local resources and endogenous solutions. This seminar will build a cultural critique of GMH and raise basic issues for discussion: (a) current priorities in GMH research have been largely framed by mental health professionals and their institutional partners based in Northern countries, reflecting the dominant interests of psychiatry and paying insufficient attention to Southern partners and local priorities; (b) the assumption in GMH that major psychiatric disorders are biologically determined and therefore universal; (c) the focus on existing evidence-based treatments, and the assumption that Western standard treatments can be readily applied across cultures with minimal adaptation; and (d) the emphasis on GMH interventions that may marginalize indigenous forms of healing and coping which may contribute to positive outcomes and recovery. The ultimate goal of this seminar is to outline a balanced critical perspective on GMH as a new field of enquiry and practice that acknowledges the importance of the social determinants of mental health and the interplay between the social and the cultural with the biological dimensions of mental health. This seminar will include lectures, panel presentations, case studies and plenary discussions of readings by faculty and students, supplemented by video documentaries and films.

Text: Readings will be available online.
Date: June 2, 3, 6 & 7, 2016 (24 hours) Th•F•M•T 09:00-17:00
Location: Room 101, Social Studies of Medicine, 3647 Peel Street

Indigenous Mental Health Research
L. Kirmayer & Guest Faculty

This workshop will survey recent work on the social determinants of mental health and discuss issues in the design and implementation of culturally appropriate mixed-methods research with Indigenous communities and populations. The emphasis will be on conceptual issues and the development of research methodology to address both common and severe mental health problems and interventions. Specific topics will include: ethical issues in Indigenous health research; social, historical and transgenerational determinants of mental health; the role of indigenous identity in mental health, resilience and well-being; suicide prevention and mental health promotion; participatory research methods; evaluation of community-based mental health services; culturally-adapted interventions; and indigenous approaches to healing.

Text: Kirmayer, L. J., & Valaskakis, G. G. (2009). Healing traditions: The mental health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Date: June 27-30, 2016 (24 hours) M•T•W•Th  09:00-17:00
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

Critical Neuroscience 
S. Choudhury & Faculty

This workshop provides an overview of current controversies surrounding cognitive neuroscience and the implications of recent advances in research for psychiatry, education, bioethics and health policy. It will present the interdisciplinary project of critical neuroscience as a framework and set of tools with which to critically analyze interpretations of neuroscience data in the academic literature, their representation in popular domains and more broadly, the growth of neurocultures since the Decade of the Brain. This course will problematize and consider alternatives to neurobiological reductionism in psychiatry, neuroethics, cultural neuroscience and neuropolicy, attending to the models, metaphors and political contexts of mainstream brain research. It will also explore various avenues for engagement between neuroscience, social science and humanities. Sessions will be devoted to: critical methods; methodological problems in neuroscience; cultural neuroscience, social determinants of health; psychiatry, neuroeducation; mindfulness; and neuroethics.

Text: Choudhury, S. & Slaby, J. (Eds). (2012). Critical Neuroscience: A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience, New York: Wiley.
Date: June 20-23, 2016 (24 hours) M•T•W•Th  9:00-17:00
Location: Room 138, Irving Ludmer Building, 1033 Pine Avenue West

 


 

Guest faculty

Amy Bombay, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Nursing and Psychiatry, Dalhousie University

Gregory Brass, PhD (Cand), Assistant Executive Director, Aanischaaukamikw, Cree Cultural Institute, Oujé-Bougoumou, Québec

Stéphane Dandeneau, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Sarah Fraser, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychoeducation, Université de Montréal

Frederick Hickling, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of the West Indies

Arlene Laliberté, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychoeducation, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Stephanie Lloyd, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Université Laval

Fernando Lolas, MD, Professor & Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Bioethics, University of Chile

Eric Racine, PhD, Associate Professor & Director, Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, Université de Montréal

Andrew Ryder, PhD, Associate Professor & Director, Culture and Personality Laboratory, Concordia University

Radhika Santhanam-Martin, PhD, Victorian Transcultural Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia

Caroline Tait, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan

 


 

McGill faculty

Please see our Faculty web page for more information.

Lawrence Annable, Dip. Stat., Professor, Division of Psychopharmacology, Department of Psychiatry

Alain Brunet, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Jacob Burack, PhD, Professor, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology

François Bourque, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Eduardo Chachamovich, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Researcher, Douglas Mental Health University Institute 

Suparna Choudhury, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

Ellen Corin, PhD, Associate Professor, Emerita, Department of Psychiatry

Kia Faridi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Guillaume Galbaud du Fort, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, Jewish General Hospital

Kathryn Gill, PhD, Associate Professor & Director of Research, Addictions Unit, MUHC

Ian Gold, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Psychiatry

Danielle Groleau, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital

Jaswant Guzder, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Head of Child Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital

G. Eric Jarvis, MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Cultural Consultation Service, Jewish General Hospital

Suzanne King, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Laurence J. Kirmayer, MD, James McGill Professor; Director, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Director, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital

Myrna Lashley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Eric Latimer, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Marc Laporta, MD, Director, Montreal WHO-PAHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Douglas University Institute and McGill University Health Center

Karl Looper, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Jewish General Hospital

Nancy Low, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Antonia Maioni, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science and Institute for Health and Social Policy

Ashok Malla, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Canada Research Chair in Early Psychosis, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Toby Measham, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Lucie Nadeau, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Duncan Pedersen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Scientific Director, International Programs, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Michel Perreault, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre

Amir Raz, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Cécile Rousseau, MD, MSc, Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry; Director, Research and Training Centre, CSSS de la Montagne

Monica Ruiz-Casares, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Norbert Schmitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Researcher, Psychosocial Research Division, Douglas Hospital Research Centre

Brett Thombs, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry; Research Associate, Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital

Samuel Veissiere, PhD, Visiting Professor, Culture, Mind and Brain Program, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry

Ashley Wazana, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital

Robert Whitley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Allan Young, PhD, Marjorie Bronfman Professor, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, Anthropology, and Psychiatry