Short course in India: Indian psychiatry encounters medical anthropology

2 April 2008

Applications are now being taken for the second UCL- Banyan Academy of Leadership (BALM) short course, to be held in Kovalam village, India on 3-5 November 2008.

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The course, entitled ‘Ganesha and Murugan: Indian psychiatry encounters medical anthropology’ is aimed at mental health professionals, medical anthropologists & other social scientists working or researching in mental health across cultures.

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the cultural validity of current theory and practice of mental health in South Asia, offer a critique of current mental health theory and practice, and conceptualise alternative frameworks for understanding mental health concerns in the region.

Course director Dr Sushrut Jadhav (UCL Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine) said: “The course is aimed at those who seek a broader perspective on the current official psychiatry, and wish to theorise alternative models of mental health in the region. Participants will gain an enhanced understanding of how medical anthropology could inform theoretical and applied issues on mental health in South Asia.”

The initial course, held in February 2008, entitled ‘Mental Health at the Margins’ was highly successful, leading to further funding and support from UCL for the second programme. It is anticipated that a joint UCL-BALM research centre will shortly be established to pursue mental health issues in the region.

To find out more, use the links at the top of this article

Image: Course participants during the first UCL-BALM programme