Workshop 7

Religious Diversity in Mental Health Care

Presented by Lynn Stoller, MA

Course Description

Religion and culture influence how patients view the world around them, resulting in a unique relationship between their religiosity and the field of mental health. This workshop will illustrate the need to address religious diversity in mental health care and the importance of religio-cultural competence for mental health care providers. Through identification of key areas of intersection between religion and mental health, exploration of data on religious diversity and adherence in the United States, and case studies identifying areas in which religion becomes an integral part of effective diagnosis and treatment, this presentation will help participants understand the ways in which their own religious lens (or lack thereof) can influence perceptions of, and interactions with, consumers. Finally, the presentation will provide a brief overview of communications strategies and recommendations for respectfully addressing religious beliefs and practices with consumers.

Learning Objectives

  •  Demonstrate the necessity of addressing religious diversity in mental health care.
  • Identify when religious beliefs and practices intersect with mental health care.
  • Consider religio-cultural competence when treating and interacting with patient populations.

Presenter Information

Lynn Stoller, MA
Lynn Stoller received her Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is currently the Senior Program Associate at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding.  Ms. Stoller supports the Health Care Program by conducting research, developing training materials and presentations on religio-cultural competence, facilitating workshops and assisting with outreach efforts, most recently at the Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations (Diversity Rx), the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Conference, the Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, Somerset Medical Center, and Woodhull Medical Center.

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