Psychosocial Interventions in Rehabilitation: An Intercultural Perspective

  • Reham Aly
  • Farooq Naeem
  • Afzal Javed


The burden of psychiatric disorders and mental health problems across the globe is steadily increasing. Despite exhaustive efforts to alleviate suffering due to these disorders a considerable proportion of those diagnosed with mental health problems require long-term rehabilitation to help them return to a normal lifestyle. Psychiatric rehabilitation is now an established service across a number of countries. However, a wide gap exists between the supply and demand of this crucial service. Even when the services are available the quality of these services varies.

As globalisation spreads across the world the need to embrace diversity and multiculturalism has increased. These progressively diverse cultures reflect inpatient population and require and deserve psychosocial rehabilitation programs specifically designed to meet their needs, values, and lifestyles. A psychosocial rehabilitation program, therefore, must respect patients’ culture. This is especially significant as psychiatric rehabilitation programs heavily rely on psychosocial interventions. In an ideal world, psychological intervention underpinning rehabilitation should be evidence-based and culturally sensitive.

It, therefore, follows that the developers, providers, and practitioners of psychosocial rehabilitation services must appreciate the impact of culture on aetiology, diagnosis and treatment, and rehabilitation of psychiatric disorders. Therefore, if psychosocial rehabilitation is to meet success in its aims of improving recovery, alleviating distress, and promoting social inclusion it should be grounded in cultural sensitivity.


Rehabilitation Psychotherapy Culture Cultural sensitivity Cultural responsive Psychosocial 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reham Aly
    • 1
    • 2
  • Farooq Naeem
    • 3
    • 4
  • Afzal Javed
    • 5
  1. 1.International and Public Affairs Department, Compulsory Egyptian Medical Training Authority, Cabinet of MinistersCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Ministry of Health, Egyptian Association of Cognitive Behavior TherapyCairoEgypt
  3. 3.University of Toronto and Health Systems PsychiatryTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  5. 5.NuneatonUK

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