PSYC 677. Minority Issues in Mental Health. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment is restricted to students with graduate standing in psychology or permission of the instructor. This course examines the roles and influences of cultural and other individual differences in mental health that are important to understanding and working with diverse populations in research and clinical settings. Students will learn about cultural and individual influences on mental health; gain a fundamental understanding of the primary racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.; explore issues related to sexual-based, age, ability/disability and gender differences in mental health; examine the impact of immigration and acculturation on well-being; learn about how culture affects the expression of distress and the resulting diagnostic implications; gain an understanding of patterns and barriers to help-seeking; and learn how to be more culturally humble and sensitive when providing mental health care or working in research settings.