Working with Middle Eastern & African Mental Health Clients

Online Resource


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About this resource

This HTML online resource is a guide for healthcare practitioners who work with African and Middle Eastern clients in a mental health context. 

The aim of the resource is to provide some information on mental health issues as they arise with these cultures specifically. It is not a stand-alone resource and it is assumed that the viewer has an understanding of the following from the cultural competency course "Module 9 - Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD Clients":

  • The common issues and concepts that are involved in cross-cultural assessment

  • Explanatory models of illness

  • What we mean by 'somatization' when working with CALD clients

  • Culture-bound syndromes

  • The DSM-IV R's criteria for Developing a Cultural Formulation for Diagnosis

  • Appropriate screening instruments and assessment tools, and issues related to these when working with CALD clients

  • How to collaborate in intervention and treatment with CALD clients

  • Ethnopharmacology

  • Familiarity with the CALD Assessment Tool 

It is in part a research document and in part a guideline for health practitioners who work with CALD clients. It includes video and audio components to illustrate some of the issues covered. Topics include:

  • Demographics is an introduction with demographics and summarises key issues from previous CALD programmes recommended for working with this resource.

  • Refugees provides background information for working with clients who have refugee experiences.

  • Muslims provides background information on how religious and spiritual beliefs interact with cultural practices and mental health. It has a specific focus on working with Muslims.

  • Assessment provides information on clinical assessment with people from the MEA group, including refugees.

  • Intervention provides information on treatment and intervention with people from the MEA group, including Muslims and refugees.

  • Resources include PTSD symptoms, the CALD Assessment Tool for Children, and a Bibliography and list of References for this resource.


Victoria Camplin-Welch

Recommended background learning


It is highly recommended that viewers have also completed the following courses:

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Citation information


Researched and written by Victoria Camplin-Welch.

Produced by Asian Health Support Services, Waitemata District Health Board (2013).

© Waitemata District Health Board (2013).

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