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Religion, Spirituality and Culture: A Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents

Course Director: Lorin Boynton, M.D.

The following is a list of the articles and handouts created and compiled by Lorin Boynton, M.D. as a teaching tool for psychiatry residents.

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Curriculum Description

Curriculum Objectives

Curriculum Topics

Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatry: An Overview:

Spiritual Care for Psychiatrists (David A. Harrison, M.D., Ph.D.)

Boehnlein, J. (2006) Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatric Care: Looking Back, Looking Ahead. Transcultural Psychiatry 43, 634-651.

Puchalski, C. (March 2006) Spiritual Assessment in Clinical Practice. Psychiatric Annals 36, 150-155.

Rudaleviciene, P. (2008) Are religious delusions related to religiosity in schizophrenia? Medicina (Kaunas) 44, 529-535

Discerning Healthy Spirituality from Psychopathology:

Discerning Healthy Spirituality from Psychopathology (J. Gary Trantham, M.D.)

Spiritual Issues at the End of Life:

Sulmasy, D. (2002) A Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model for the Care of Patients at the End of Life. The Gerontologist 42, 24-33.

Daaleman, T. (November 2000) Placing Religion and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care. Jama 284, 2514-2517.

Culturally Competent Care:

Culturally Competent Care (Lorin Boynton, M.D.)

Cultural Formulation (Lorin Boynton, M.D.)

Kleinman A, Benson P (2006) Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to Fix It. PLoS Med 3, 1673-1676.

Padela, A. (2008) Emergency Medical Practice: Advancing Cultural Competence and Reducing Health Care Disparities. Academic Emergency Medicine 16, 69-75.

Narrative in Psychiatry:

Narratives in Psychiatry (Lorin Boynton, M.D.)

Caring for Refugees:

The Mental Health of Refugees in the US (Beth Farmer)

Refugee Mental Health Bibliography

Working with Interpreters:

Guidelines for Providing Health Care Services through an Interpreter. The Cross Cultural Health Care Program. Retrieved March 15, 2010, from

Westermeyer, J. (December 1990) Working with an interpreter in psychiatric assessment and treatment. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 178, 745-749

An Exploration of Culture:

Recommended Reading

Lu, F. G., Lim, R., & Mezzich, J. E. (1995). Issues in the Assessment and Diagnosis of Culturally Diverse Individuals. In J. Oldham & M. Riba (Eds.), Review of Psychiatry (Vol. 14, pp. 477-510). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. Reprinted with permission from the American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

Who is this Individual:

McKenzie, K. (2007) Institutional racism in mental health care. BMJ 334, 649-650.

Spiritual Psychotherapy:

Spiritual Psychotherapy Panelists

Allman, L. (1992) Psychotherapists' Attitudes toward Clients Reporting Mystical Experiences. Psychotherapy 29, 564-569.

Religious and Spiritual Issues in Patient Care-Transference, Counter-Transference and More:

Transference, Countertransference and More (J. Gary Trantham, M.D.)

Comas-Diaz, L. & Jacobsen, F. (July 1991). Ethnocultural Transference and Countertransference in the Therapeutic Dyad. Orthopsychiatry 61, 392-402.

Relationship Centered Care

Knowing ourselves in relationship with our patients

Guidelines for listening and discussion

RCC Bibliograpy

Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatric Care

Suggested Articles

Suggested Books

Cultural Psychiatry

Suggested Articles

Suggested Books

Websites, Journals, and Videos

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