Recently published

A summary of recently published books relevant to international psychology.

21st Century Global Mental Health

By Eliot Sorel, MD

21st Century Global Mental Health "21st Century Global Mental Health" is a textbook for graduate public health students, educators and practitioners in low-, middle- and high-income countries. This volume addresses populations‘ global mental health, progress made to date and challenges remaining. It also focuses on the increasing prevalence of mental disorders among non-communicable diseases, the fragmentation of health systems, and the pervasive and persistent stigma and discrimination against mental illnesses and the mentally ill at the highest policy levels affecting access, equity, quality and care outcomes. The textbook translates, transmits and presents applications of global mental health knowledge to public health, populations‘ health and health systems contexts. It meets the increased interest in global health –mental health included– evidenced by the contemporary generation of graduate public health students entering Schools of Public Health in the U.S. and globally choosing global health tracks, in increasing numbers, as their preferred course of studies.
~ From the book description at Jones & Bartlett Learning. Eliot Sorel is a practicing psychiatrist and a professor at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice with Diverse Populations

Edited by Guillermo Bernal, PhD and Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez, PhD

Cultural Adaptations: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice with Diverse PopulationsThis multiauthored work brings together the scholarly and the clinical in its analysis of two separate yet inextricably linked endeavors in psychology: the cultural adaptation of existing interventions and the movement toward evidence-based practice (EBP). The unifying theoretical framework of this volume promotes culturally adapted EBPs as productive and empirically viable approaches to treating ethnic minorities and culturally diverse groups. Chapter authors describe cultural adaptations of conventional EBPs for a variety of psychological problems across a wide range of cultures and ethnicities — Latino/as, Chinese, African Americans and American Indians among them. Cultural Adaptations will appeal to clinicians who treat an ethnically and culturally diverse clientele, as well as to researchers, scholars and students, who will value the conceptual and methodological discussions of evidence-based psychological practice and cultural adaptations of psychotherapeutic techniques.
~ From the APA Books website.

Peace Psychology in the Balkans: Dealing With a Violent Past While Building Peace

Edited by Olivera Simić, Zala Volčič and Catherine R. Philpot

Peace Psychology in the Balkans: Dealing with a Violent Past while Building PeaceFrom a history of repressive regimes and genocidal warfare, the Balkan region is undergoing full-scale transformation, politically, economically, culturally and psychologically. These conditions make this part of the world a microcosm of peacebuilding, in terms of both the traumatic past that must be addressed and prospects for future nonviolence.

Balancing optimism with realism, Peace Psychology in the Balkans analyzes the complex causes of violence and explores peace efforts in Romania, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Macedonia. The range of peace objectives is shown in this unique context, from promoting the absence of conflict to advocating for justice, equality and positive relations between groups. Contributors consider the peacebuilding potential of the schools, the arts and media, national symbols and other cultural institutions. And an analysis of ethnocentrism offers valuable insights into why conflict arises and how it may be prevented.
~From the Springer website.