Session I: Introduction to the Transcultural Model
Influence of culture, background, language, emotions and perceptions on the process of acculturation and adjustment to new environment.
Required Reading: Erez & Gati, pp.583-598; Berry, et al, ch. 1 & 2
PowerPoint Presentation: Zaiontz, Arduini, Invernizzi. Psychiatry and Intercultural Globalization.
Session II: Theories of Transcultural Psychology
Main theories of Transcultural Psychology; definition of cultural psychiatry and psychology and theory of Migration Fluexes; timeline of historical definitions of culture, ethnicity, society, and minorities to current theories of the Psychological Selection of Bio-Cultural Information.
Required Reading: Tseng, ch. 1 & 2
Recommended Reading: Massimini
Session III: Culture and Psychopathology
Correlation between culture and the development of mental disorders; ways in which culture contributes to psychopathology from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective.
Required Reading: Berry, et al, ch. 15; Tseng, ch. 11 & 12
Presentation of Psychodynamic Assessment based on Gabbard’s Bio-Psycho-Social model of diagnosis and treatment.
Required Reading: Gabbard, ch. 1 & 3; Kirmayer, pp. 232-257
Sessions V, VI & VII: Psychopathology and Multiculturalism
Theoretical and practical considerations on the creation of a transcultural clinical setting with culturally diverse patients; analysis of Adjustment Disorder and migration fluxes in a multicultural population of
ex-patriots; Adjustment Disorder and Psychosis – study of the correlation between Adjustment Disorder
and the onset of Depression with Incongruous Symptoms, Depersonalization and Dissociative
Session V - Giosan, et al, pp. 317-332; Ward & Kennedy
Session VI – Ward & Kennedy, pp. 474-476
Session VII – APA readings
Power Point Presentations:
Session V - Transcultural Setting: Theory and Practice; Transcultural Setting: The cultural formulation of the DSM IV-TR
Session VI - Zaiontz, Arduini, et al. Clinical Trends of the Anglophone Population in Milan: Pre- and Post
September 11, 2001; Zaiontz, et al. Adjustment Disorder: A Three-Year Study with a U.S. University
Session VII – Zaiontz, et al. Clinical Challenges of Multiculturalism of Psychotic Patients in a Private
Session VIII: Testing in Transcultural Populations
Available assessment materials used for testing in transcultural populations; introduction to cultural competence and culturally sensitive intervention.
Required Reading: Terranova-Cecchini & Tognetti Bordogna
Sessions IX & X: Review & Midterm Exam
Sessions XI & XII: Culture-bound Syndromes
Patterns of psychological responses and factors that distinguish psychopathology from one culture to another; cross-cultural syndromes, such as Dhat (India) and Ataque de Nervios (Latin America), and why these syndromes are culturally linked; panic disorders and its manifestations in western (Anglo- American) societies and eastern counterparts (Cambodia); Hinton Cross-Cultural perspective. Required Reading: Fraser; Ranjith; Hinton, pp. 155-178; Hsia & Barlow, pp. 474-476
Session XIII: Social Implications: Globalization and Psychopathology
Social culture in relation to psychopathology; value dimensions of a society and its relation to tension;
cross-cultural approach – examination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin American and Italian cultures.
Required Reading: King, pp. 405-433; Lopez & Guarnaccia, pp. 571-598
Session XIV: Field Study to NAGA (Immigration and Refugee Center)
Field study providing students with experience in a social service setting dedicated to the challenges of immigrants and refugees in Milan.
Required Reading: Kinzie, pp. 577-591
Session XV: Criminology: Double Diagnosis
Exploration of double diagnosis; psychopathology and criminal offense; profiling culturally diverse individuals.
Required Reading: Parzen, pp. 131-155;
PowerPoint Presentation: Principles of the Italian Judicial System
Guest speaker in the field of psychiatry and criminology discusses how to provide an expert’s opinion and profiling in court cases.
Required Reading: McCloskey et al
Session XVII: Field Trip to San Vittore Prison
Guided tour of rehabilitation units within a confined setting.
Session XVIII: Approaches to Treatment: Patient-Treater Relational Model
Acquiring cultural sensitivity and competence within a clinical setting; working with culturally diverse patients.
Required Readings: Bolton, pp. 97-114
Recommended Reading: Tseng, ch. 33
PowerPoint Presentation: The Psycho-Educational Model by Julian Leff
Session XIX: Guest Speaker
Researcher in Genetics and Neuro-imaging discusses exploring a current and research-based perspective on how pharmacological medication interacts with ethnically diverse groups.
Required Reading: Tseng, ch. 31
PowerPoint Presentation: Current research in Ethnopsychopharmacology
Session XX: Prevention Models on the Early Identification of Psychological Discomfort within a
A research study at the International School of Milan
Required Reading: “Transcultural Psychiatry: Goals and Challenges”
PowerPoint Presentation: Zaiontz. Primary and Secondary Prevention of Mental Disorders within a
Multicultural School Setting.
Session XXI & XXII: Review and Final Exam