Cultural Humility in Trauma-Informed Care

  • Joseph Vinson
  • Ariel Majidi
  • Maura GeorgeEmail author


This chapter addresses best practices in providing trauma-informed care for patients from other countries and cultures including immigrants, refugees, and those seeking asylum. By appreciating the diversity of experience patients have, providers with cultural humility can better recognize trauma, work with the patient and community to address the patient’s trauma, and deliver high-quality, compassionate care. Different ways patients may come to the country and some of the traumatic experiences they may encounter are reviewed. Helpful models such as the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) standards are described as well. The chapter concludes with practical clinical concerns that frequently arise and tips for best practices.


Cultural humility Cultural competency Immigrants Refugees Migrants Asylum Interpreters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Division of General MedicineEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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