Shanaya Rathod
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom


Delivering Culturally Sensitive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the evidence, process, methodology and need to culturally adapt Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to facilitate engagement and improve outcomes in patients from ethnic minority communities
  1. Recognise themes and adaptations of therapy that are specific to certain cultures and which impact on treatment when interacting with patients from these communities
  1. Understand the use of the adaptation framework so that they can make reasonable adjustments when providing CBT.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most widely recommended psychological therapy for most mental health problems including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis in the United Kingdom (e.g. NICE 2014) and many other countries. However, explanations used in CBT are based on concepts from the western world and illness models.

Prof Rathod, with colleagues has pioneered the development of a culturally adapted CBT (Rathod et al. 2010; 2013; 2015) that has led to development of an adaptation framework and further successful trials of culturally adapted CBT across the globe.

In this interactive workshop participants will learn the key elements of the adaptation framework through use of case studies, role play and presentation. The workshop will cover the process of adaptation starting with the preparations for the therapy i.e. pre-engagement phase, engagement and assessment, to the actual modification of the intervention.


Impact of Cultural Adaptation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy- A Global View