Religio-Cultural Competence and Mental Health

Maria McQuade, MA
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Religion and culture influence how clients view the world around them, which results in a unique relationship between their religiosity and the field of mental health.  This 2-hour workshop will demonstrate why religious diversity needs to be addressed as an aspect of cultural competence in mental health care and identify key areas where religion and mental health intersect.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe why religious diversity needs to be addressed in mental health care.
  • Identify when religious beliefs and practices intersect with care.
  • Demonstrate skills for facilitating conversations with clients around religion and mental health.


1:15-2:15pm Importance of addressing religion in mental health care settings
Intersection of religion and health care
Skills for respectfully and effectively communicating with consumers about religion and mental health
2:15-3:15pm Role play exercises
Video clip

CEs: 2 Cultural Competence
Level:  Beginner

About the Presenter

Maria McQuade is the Health Care Program Associate at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. In this position, she supports the Health Care Program by conducting research, developing training materials, facilitating outreach to local hospitals and academic institutions, in addition to giving presentations on Religio-Cultural Competence. She is currently involved in a training program with NYC Health + Hospitals, helping facilitate 40 plus training sessions this year on Interreligious Awareness and Fostering Inclusion for LGBTQ patients at hospitals throughout the city. Maria has a Master’s in Medical Anthropology from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from American University.

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