Mindfulness-based psychotherapy provides an evidence-based model for integrating diverse cultural beliefs and wisdoms in therapy. This course will demonstrate how to integrate cultural beliefs and wisdoms in short-term psychotherapies. Non Western societies attach more importance to the heart. The heart is considered central to producing changes in psychotherapy because a person validates reality not by how they think (cognition) but how the person feels (affect). Moreover, societal pressure and the focus on individualism unintentionally create “neurosis” and a tendency towards “narcissism” in our culture. This Short Course will demonstrate how to utilize wisdoms (derived from various cultures) in brief therapies to help clients reframe their dysfunctional beliefs and values; become more mindful of their inner reality; and harmonize their mind (cognitions) and heart (feeling).
List three main reasons for synthesizing cultural beliefs and values in brief psychotherapy.
State three strategies for reframing rigid cultural values.
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