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Using the Cultural Formulation Interview in Intercultural Psychotherapy

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Investigators and clinicians in the field of cultural mental health have long noted that culture constructs fundamental forms of knowledge and practice that influence how psychotherapies are theorised, developed, and conducted. This chapter discusses the potential uses of the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) within intercultural psychotherapy. We review challenges that may emerge within the cross-cultural therapeutic encounter, recommendations to overcome these challenges, and the extent to which the clinician’s application of the CFI responds to these recommendations. The CFI is a systematic tool for case formulation that can help clinicians operationalise the recommendations of intercultural psychotherapists into specific questions during clinical assessment and treatment implementation. The person-centred cultural information thus obtained may be used to guide treatment choice, negotiate psychotherapy goals, understand transference and countertransference reactions, and develop the therapeutic alliance. The CFI can serve as a useful standardised framework to fulfil the tasks of intercultural psychotherapy.

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Aggarwal, N.K., Lewis-Fernández, R. (2020). Using the Cultural Formulation Interview in Intercultural Psychotherapy. In: Schouler-Ocak, M., Kastrup, M. (eds) Intercultural Psychotherapy. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24082-0_4

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