Cultural Consultation

Encountering the Other in Mental Health Care

  • Laurence J. Kirmayer
  • Jaswant Guzder
  • Cécile Rousseau

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Laurence J. Kirmayer, Cécile Rousseau, Jaswant Guzder
    Pages 1-20
  3. Laurence J. Kirmayer, Danielle Groleau, Cécile Rousseau
    Pages 21-45
  4. Laurence J. Kirmayer, G. Eric Jarvis, Jaswant Guzder
    Pages 47-69
  5. Toby Measham, Felicia Heidenreich-Dutray, Cécile Rousseau, Lucie Nadeau
    Pages 71-87
  6. Yvan Leanza, Alessandra Miklavcic, Isabelle Boivin, Ellen Rosenberg
    Pages 89-114
  7. Alessandra Miklavcic, Marie Nathalie LeBlanc
    Pages 115-137
  8. Jaswant Guzder
    Pages 139-161
  9. Jaswant Guzder, Radhika Santhanam-Martin, Cécile Rousseau
    Pages 163-182
  10. Lucie Nadeau, Cécile Rousseau, Toby Measham
    Pages 203-221
  11. Marie-Eve Cotton, Lucie Nadeau, Laurence J. Kirmayer
    Pages 223-244
  12. Janet Cleveland, Cécile Rousseau, Jaswant Guzder
    Pages 245-268
  13. Myrna Lashley, Ghayda Hassan, Begum Maitra
    Pages 269-290
  14. Melissa Dominicé Dao, Laurence J. Kirmayer
    Pages 313-331
  15. Laurence J. Kirmayer, Jaswant Guzder, Cécile Rousseau
    Pages 333-349
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 351-355

About this book


Cultural diversity is a global challenge for mental health services. The changing demography of communities requires rethinking approaches to cultural competence for health professionals and institutions. Cultural consultation is a way to improve the quality of mental health care by providing a nuanced understanding of the predicaments that prompt diverse clients to seek help, and the social contexts of their mental health problems, to guide clinical assessment and intervention.

Cultural Consultation explores the practice of cultural consultation as a strategy to improve the quality of mental health care for diverse populations. The contributors, who have worked together at an innovative clinical service, frame best practices in psychiatry clinical psychology, and social work in relation to empathy, human rights, and culturally responsive and ethically sound care. A detailed model of the process of cultural consultation, from initial intake, through assessment, to recommendations and referrals, provides guidelines for clinical practice. Expert contributors examine specialized settings (medical, psychiatric emergency, inpatient, social/legal services), populations (remote, indigenous, child and youth), and contextual issues in the care of people with a wide range of mental health problems. Numerous case examples, charts, and tools add depth for readers interested in developing similar services or enhancing existing practice. Among the key areas covered: 

  • Working with interpreters and culture brokers.
  • Family systems in cultural consultation.
  • Gender, power, and ethnicity in cultural consultation.
  • Consultation and mediation with racialized and marginalized communities.
  • Collaborative care and primary care consultation.
  • Cultural consultation with refugees.

A unique guide to challenges and opportunities in contemporary practice, Cultural Consultation will be immediately useful for health care professionals, clinical psychologists, and cultural consultants and provide a versatile knowledge source for years to come.



child psychiatry clinically applied ethnography collaborative care community consultation consultation in indigenous communities cultural consultation cultural consultation service cultural diversity cultural mediation culture brokers ethnicity in cultural consultation family systems in cultural consultation gender in cultural consultation general hospital psychiatry legal settings mental health care mental health services power in cultural consultation youth protection

Editors and affiliations

  • Laurence J. Kirmayer
    • 1
  • Jaswant Guzder
    • 2
  • Cécile Rousseau
    • 3
  1. 1.Jewish General Hospital Inst. Community & Family PsychiatryMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Jewish General Hospital Inst. Community & Family PsychiatryMontrealCanada
  3. 3.McGill University Div. Social & Transcultural PsychiatryMontrealCanada

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