An article in the current issue of Transcultural Psychiatry (April 2012) describes how cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be adapted for treating PTSD among traumatized refugees and ethnic minority patients. Culturally adaptive CBT (CA-CBT) is a promising, culturally sensitive therapy technique that promotes emotional and psychological flexibility. In the current article, the authors describe 12 key components of culturally sensitive treatment for traumatized refugees and ethnic minorities. This treatment model which provides patients with new, adaptive processing modes may improve care among specific cultural groups.
Hinton, D.E, Rivera, E.I. Hofmann, S.G., Barlow, D.H., & Otto, M.W. (2012) Adapting CBT for traumatized refugees and ethnic minority patients: Examples from culturally adapted CBT (CA-CBT). Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(2) 340-365. Doi: 10.1177/1363461512441595