Course Eight – Working in a Multicultural Environment: Understanding its Complexity


Course Coordinator: Kas Tuters

Course Leaders: Kas Tuters, Madhu Vallabhaneni

Thursday, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2017

Fees: $180

Preregistration is required.


Doing therapy in a multicultural setting (such as Toronto), we are exposed to the interaction and impact of diverse cultures. This creates specific challenges. In order to be maximally effective in our work, we have to understand the many complex factors that come into play in regards to culture, ethnicity and race.

The following topics will be addressed:

  1. The close link between language and affect, and its origins in a specific culture (“mother tongue”).
  2. Understanding the dynamics of immigration and acculturation.
  3. Prejudice – benign and malignant; racial factors; becoming more aware of our own countertransference and our own narrower “norm”.
  4. Discussing clinical material where therapist and patient are from significantly different cultural or ethnic backgrounds.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course the participants will be able:

  1. To become more sensitized to the cultural factors that play a significant role when doing psychotherapy.
  2. To be clearer of the definition of cultural, ethnic and racial factors.
  3. To become more aware of our own automatic biases and narrower norms.

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Kas Tuters

Kaspars Tuters, MD, FRCP(C), Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society. Faculty, TPS&I.

Madhu Vallabhaneni

Madhu Vallabhaneni, MD, FRCPC, Assistant professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Faculty, TPS&I.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2016/2017 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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