International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Introduction: Toward an Inclusive International Psychology

Introduction: Toward an inclusive international psychology
SenelPoyrazli, PhD
Chalmer E.Thompson, PhD

Culture colors every aspect of human existence. It presents us with an unspoken guide for determining what is important and how we are to relate to one other and conduct our lives. It includes assumptions about stratified hierarchies in a society, like race, the expected roles of men and women, the manner in which authority figures are heeded, and the sociopolitical structures that order our lives in ways we may not always be aware. Yet another aspect of culture, one that emerges most clearly from the multitude of books written on the topic, is that it is learned (Mukhoopadhyay, Henze, & Moses, 2007). No one is born with a particular culture.

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