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ERIC Number: ED098452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 14
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Reference Count: 0
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Psychiatrists and Folk Healers: A Scientific Dialogue.
Ruiz, Pedro; Langrod, John
This dialogue between a psychiatrist and a psychologist on the subject of folk healers versus classical mental health therapists attempts to shorten the gap between the two specialties. To accomplish this, steps were taken at a mental health center to: (1) identify mediums in their program; (2) visit spiritual centers and observe their "modus operandi"; (3) exchange views with mediums; (4) accept referrals from and refer cases to spiritual centers; and (5) carry out research and produce a film to be used for training non-Hispanic staff. These steps were taken in recognition of the fact that the unique aspects of a culture must be identified and dealt with in any mental health program. Conclusions reached in this dialogue included calling attention to psychiatry's neglect of sociocultural problems among Hispanic groups, and pointing out differences in cultural and technical orientation between classically trained mental health workers and folk healers (spiritualists). There was a need established for the implementation of training curricula for classically trained professionals who work with Hispanic patients. (Author/PC)
Lincoln Community Mental Health Center, 781 East 142nd Street, Bronx, New York 10454
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (51st, San Francisco, California, April 1974)