Global Mental Health

Residents who are interested in global mental health can get involved in several ways:

  1. Join the Global Mental Health Pathway
  2. Join us for Global Mental Health Journal Club

Global Mental Health/Cultural Psychiatry pathway

Psychiatry pathways

The psychiatry residency program at the University of Washington sponsors a variety of Career Enrichment Pathways (e.g. Addiction Psychiatry, Community Leadership, Cultural Psychiatry, Integrated Care, Neuroscience, Research, Teaching Scholar) to help residents to explore different areas of psychiatry and to promote their career development. A resident may explore as many Career Enrichment Pathways as he/she wishes. Participation in Career Enrichment Pathways is not required and is non-binding (i.e. once in a pathway, a resident can withdraw at any time). Learn more about psychiatry pathways on the UW Psychiatry Resident website.

Global Mental Health/Cultural Psychiatry pathway

The Global Mental Health/Cultural Psychiatry pathway will help you to understand globalization and its impact on mental health (with attention to conceptualization of PTSD, anorexia, and ADHD in other cultures), application of novel pharmacological and psycho-social interventions to deliver (inexpensive) care to resource constrained areas, application/usage of innovative methods for mental health delivery, and the role of US trained physicians on a global platform and the ethics involved with global health work.

Residents who complete the pathway will earn a distinction in Global Mental Health/Cultural Psychiatry.

Components of GMH/CP pathway

Didactics

Didactics are monthly lectures on various topics in global mental health and cultural psychiatry. Didactics for the GMH/CP pathway occur on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 12:00PM – 1:00PM. The didactic topics are:

  1. Introduction to global mental health
  2. Culturally varying conceptualizations
  3. Culturally relevant interventions
  4. Special populations
  5. Structural competency
  6. Models of care, interfacing with multiple stakeholders for sustainable collaborations
  7. Human Rights
  8. Future of global mental health

Sessions 9 – 12  Experiential learning

Rotations

Pathway rotations are elective sites during 3rd and 4th year. They include local, regional, and global rotation options.

  • Local examples: Consejo, International Counseling Services, Asian Counseling and Referral Center
  • Regional examples: Alaska, Montana and Idaho
  • Global examples: Kenya, Nepal, Cambodia, etc.

Projects

Projects occur throughout residency in collaboration with peers, mentors and faculty. Contact uwgmh@uw.edu if you are interested in collaborating with faculty for a residency project.