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Workshop 1

Monday 17 April: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Cultural considerations in trauma work

Dr Masrita Ishaq, MI Psychology and Psychotherapy Ltd, UK


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This workshop aims to introduce theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to carry out culturally sensitive trauma therapy.

This workshop’s starting point is to acknowledges, respects, and integrates individuals' and families' cultural values, beliefs, and practices. Delegates will consider complexity around degree of acculturation and individualistic-collectivistic self-representation.

The workshop also encourages delegates to consider their own ideas, beliefs and values that may differ from the individuals via reflective and experiential learning.

The workshop will consider the interplay between perception of mental health, culture, and its influence on the expression of traumatic stress. Consequently, on the adaptations that can be used alongside evidence-based treatment for PTSD and complex PTSD.

Key learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Increase cultural competence in your work with traumatized population
  • Through increasing knowledge, a stance of informed curiosity as well as reflexivity
  • Focus around ethnic culture which by definition are minorities in the UK. This includes migration (voluntary and forced), issues association migration such as acculturation, perspectives around mental health, care and help seeking for trauma.

Dr Masrita Ishaq is a Principal Counselling Psychologist working in Community Mental Health Team and Clinical Lead for a MHICS (Mental Health Integrated Care Service) PCN. She has been working in the field of trauma for many years including working within a rape and sexual abuse charity and traumatic stress service. She has a particular interest in trauma presentations following interpersonal violence and the impact of transgenerational trauma. She is also committed to raising awareness for culturally sensitive therapy which respects and integrates individuals’ cultural values, beliefs and practices in treatment.

Key references

Marsella, A.J. (2010) Ethnocultural Aspects of PTSD: An overview of concepts, issues and treatments. Traumatology 16(4), 17-26

Tribe, R. & Lane, P. (2009) Working with Interpreters across Language and Culture in Mental Health.  Journal of Mental Health 18, 3, 233 – 241

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