Mental health workers can adapt their communication style to improve communication, enhance rapport and increase trust.
The American Psychiatric Association offers a set of questions to mental health workers to guide reflection on the role of cultural factors in the delivery of mental health care, including in assessment and treatment planning.
Here are some examples of questions that mental health workers may use to support reflection about and to seek a deeper understanding of, the therapeutic relationship:
American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) and Cultural Formulation
The Cultural Formulation Interview is a set of 16 questions that clinicians may use to obtain information during a mental health assessment about the impact of culture on key aspects of an individual’s clinical presentation and care.
The Cultural Formulation Interviews and other clinical assessments included in the DSM-5 are available online at: