Cross-Cultural Mental Health: Research and Practice Forum
2023, Health, Community Building
Dr. Farooq Naeem
Dr. Farooq Naeem is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health.
Farooq pioneered techniques for culturally adapting cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). These techniques have been used to adapt CBT in South Asia, North Africa, Middle East, Kenya and China. Most recently, this methodology has been used to culturally adapt and evaluate CBT for South Asians in Canada. His significant contribution in implementation science is establishing a national organization to train and accredit CBT therapists, deliver therapy, promote research and educate the general public - the Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists. This remains the only example of national implementation of CBT in a low-income country.
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Tania Bakas is a graduate student at Simon Fraser University, defending her Master’s thesis in Counselling Psychology this term. Her research focuses on how genocide perpetrators/ex-prisoners, from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, make meaning of their lives as they engage in the process of action-based psychosocial reconciliation with survivors.
Recent coordination work for the North Shore Committee to End Violence Against Women in Relationships focused on responding to and addressing gender-based violence. Currently, in her counselling practice she specializes in trauma therapy for relationship and family violence, intergenerational trauma, and childhood abuse and neglect. She particularly enjoys developing innovative streams for accessing therapy and psychoeducation through an intersectional lens, such as therapeutic book clubs and support groups for underserved populations.
Jshandeep (she/her) is the co-founder of Let Her Talk, the South Asian Healing Network, GenConnect, and a co-director of Solid State Community Industries. She is also a Master's student at UVic's program of Child, Youth, Family, & Community Studies, hoping to increase awareness of the needs of South Asian youth specifically by increasing culturally responsive care while decreasing colonial or racist approaches. She is passionate about doing work in areas where she has lived expertise, and believes it is important to participate in self-healing when you work in fields of care or nurturing others.
Dr. Masahiro Minami
Dr. Masahiro Minami is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. His area of specialization is implementation science and mental health services research in post-war, conflict, and genocide environments. He is involved in several grant-funded projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, and the UK.
Of West African origin and Jamaican heritage, Heather Lynch is a first generation Canadian born that was raised in the Lower Mainland. She completed her Criminology Degree at Simon Fraser University and obtained her Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads University. A priority for Heather is spending quality time with her husband of 18 years and her spicy yet comedic 16-year-old daughter. Options Community Services Society (OCS) has been Heather’s place of employment for the past thirty years and in her role as Senior Manager, she coaches compassionate care teams in the Youth Services Division, Clinical Counselling Department, and the Fraser Health Crisis Line. Prior to her work with OCS, Heather was employed in the Mental Health field at two former Provincial institutional facilities. Coming from a family line of social justice warriors, Heather is passionate about promoting equitable practices, encouraging healthy work cultures, and fostering inclusion for all. You can find her experiences published in news articles and magazines of being the ‘only’ black person at tables and her learning lessons on the importance of belonging.
Dr. Nancy Clark
Dr. Clark is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Human and Social Development, School of Nursing at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Dr. Clark is an alumna of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC and Intersections in Mental Health and Addiction Research Training with Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Clark’s research is informed by social justice, intersectionality, inclusion of patient population groups in mental health research, with special focus on immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural racialized groups and equity-oriented health policy. Critical ethnographic and community based participatory action research methods are used in her work with structurally vulnerable groups, including groups affected by displacement and intersections of social determinants of mental health conditions. Dr. Clark is also an affiliated researcher University of British Columbia, (UBC) Research Excellence Cluster in Migration.
- 8:45am – Registration and networking (refreshments)
- 9:15am - Indigenous Land Acknowledgement and Welcome
- 9:45am - Keynote: Dr. Farooq Naeem | Culturally Adapted CBT research and training manual
- 10:45am - Break (refreshments and light snacks)
- 11:00am - Networking Poster and Showcase session
- 11:45am - Panel: Adapting Mental Health Services for Equity-Seeking Groups
- 12:45pm - Event wrap up