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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




2.15 - 3.15


Transcultural Differences

with Samantha Flores Reynoso, Carlos Rojas and Jordi Cid

With Coronavirus extending globally, telehealth has also widespread and schema therapy has crossed borders even intercontinentally, now more tha ever, clients come from multicultural contexts.

Mental health difficulties transcend geographical boundaries, nevertheless schema therapy and its practice, as well as other mental health resources, is inextricably linked to social contexts and cultures.

Effective therapeutic engagement requires therapists to work with diversity and difference, utilizing insights into their own as well as their clients’ internal and external worlds together with cultural and ethnic variation.

Responses to suffering and healing are embedded in cultural systems of meaning that are part of the historical, religious, spiritual and moral background of communities and societies in which language and cultural expressions can contribute to different understandings and treatment outcomes.

From therapeutic angagement and alliance to case formulation and change processes both psychotherapists and patients have ‘culture-bound’ ways of making sense of the lived experiences and clinical problems. 

Effective ways to be helpful in psychotherapy entail a better understanding of basic human needs (e.g., for care, support, understanding, connectedness & belonging, freedom from fear, respect, autonomy, self-identity), this improves if helping is rooted in the awarness of culturally-sourced schemas and a perspective of cultural-bond coping style and schema modes as underlying personal and interpersonal difficulties 

Acknowledgement of the client´s cultural background zooms into a person-centred ethos of care meeting the needs of diverse societies and cultural groups, allowing the psychotherapist to aim for interventions flexible enough to be tailored to such specific needs and individual features as social context and values instead of adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. This cultural approach is paramount since it would be unrealistic to expect any one therapist to be equally competent at working with all cultures. 

Therapists should be aware of and sensitive to the socio-cultural contexts (eg. beliefs, experiences) in which their clients face psychological difficulties, but should also have the ability to understand and respond appropriately and effectively to such cultual needs. This cultural competence encompasses the ability to be attuned in their own responses to establish good interpersonal and therapeutic relationships that grant the bridging of differences in order to improve clients’ engagement, experience, and outcome. 

In this webinar we will draw on the experience of an Iberoamerican approach to schema therapy from the perspective of three transcultural schema therapist: Jordi Cid from Spain, Carlos Rojas from USA and Samantha Flores from Mexico. 


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About the Presenter

Samantha Flores Reynoso

I am a physician specialized in neuropsychiatry. I have a master´s degree in cognitive behavioral therapy and I am a certified advanced schema therapist and I have my own individual schema therapy training program approved by ISST I currently run a private practice in psychiatry and psychotherapy. I work with a variety of diagnoses of psychiatric  and neuropsychiatric patients through medication and psychotherapy. I have a special interest in patients who suffer functional neurologic disorders and patients with chronic mental illness as well as personality disorders.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic I have been working on line with clients from different areas of Mexico, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Spain and USA. I teach psychopharmacology  to psychology students at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.  I am currently running a doctoral research on schema therapy and stress in the medical residency. 

Carlos Rojas

Coming soon!

Jordi Cid

Coming soon!

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