This course is based on a comprehensive report on Mental Health and Ethnicity published by the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. This course provides therapists and healthcare professionals with up to date information on the status of, needs for, availability of and outcomes of mental health services for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This course is designed for both clinicians and administrators who work in both private and public, and urban and rural areas.
Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as midwives and dieticians and nutritionists who work with a diverse client base. This course is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to improve their skills in the area of cross-cultural competency and multiculturalism.
Author: Surgeon General of the United States
Learning Objectives: This course will provide a professional with information about mental health care for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This course contains information about multiculturalism and cross-cultural competency. Specifically, a professional will:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the need for mental health services, including key issues in understanding research, mental disorders in adults, children and the elderly within the Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the specific mental health problems of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including somatization, culture-bound syndromes and information regarding high-need groups within this population.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the availability, accessibility, and utilization of mental health services as well as the appropriateness and the outcomes of services for the Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.
Citation: Surgeon General of United States (2001). Mental Health Care for Asian Americans, Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity. A Report of the Surgeon General. Updates added by DiDona, T.M. (2018). From sources in NAMI – with additional references added
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