Mental ill-health and psychological treatments in a Ghanaian context

On February 17, 2017, Joakim Norberg (Dept of Psychology, Uppsala University) and Jan Carlsson (School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University) presented their ongoing work on assessing and treating depression in Ghana.  Most psychological research has been conducted in North America or Europe, and treatments are developed within these cultural contexts.  According to Norberg and Carlsson, such treatments are often ineffective in non-Western contexts.  Their research is looking into how to overcome this obstacle of cultural difference in psychological assessment and treatment by examining alternative solutions to those developed in the West.

Following the presentation, Norberg and Carlsson opened up a discussion to the audience, asking how they could improve their research from the perspectives of other disciplines.