News Release

REF NO.: 52

SUBJECT: Memorial’s School of Social Work welcomes renowned scholar to give public presentation

DATE: October 25, 2011

Memorial’s School of Social Work will welcome renowned transcultural psychiatry scholar Dr. Laurence Kirmayer on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 12-1 p.m. at the Chapel, St. John’s College.
Dr. Kirmayer is professor and director of social and transcultural
psychiatry at McGill University; editor-in-chief of Transcultural Psychiatry; and director of the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal. He founded and directs both the annual summer program and Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill and the Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research.
“We are very pleased to host such a renowned scholar as Dr. Kirmayer here at Memorial’s School of Social Work,” said Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi, dean, School of Social Work. “He will share his extensive knowledge in the field of transcultural psychiatry, which is relevant to many disciplines, including nursing, medicine, anthropology, psychology, social work and to anyone who is interested in developing a greater awareness of the needs of people from different cultures.” 
During a public lecture entitled Culturally Responsive Practice with Immigrant and Aboriginal Populations, Dr. Kirmayer will explore the role of culture in shaping the perceptions, behaviours and responses to psychosocial problems. He will also provide two interactive workshops for representatives of various agencies and organizations.
“It is essential to consider the cultural meaning and explore the social context of distress,” said Dr. Kirmayer. “We must promote awareness and empathy, so that we may be better informed when attempting to help people who come from cultures other than our own.”
Dr. Kirmayer’s past research includes studies on cultural consultation, pathways and barriers to mental health care for immigrants and refugees, cultural concepts of mental health and illness in Inuit communities, risk and protective factors for suicide among Inuit youth and resilience among indigenous peoples.
This is a free public presentation. RSVP to nparisi@mun.ca. Free parking will be available in area 22. Directions: Take Morrissey Drive by the Earth Science building and follow it down past the Business Administration building until you come to lot 22 on the right.

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