"The words that we use when speaking with people are a critical tool to ensure we are all able to engage with and effectively respond to issues of prejudice, stigma and discrimination, which can erode human rights and result in disadvantage and social exclusion."
"The clinician, as an anthropologist of sorts, can empathize with the lived experience of the patient’s illness, and try to understand the illness as the patient understands, feels, perceives, and responds to it…explanatory models ought to open clinicians to human communication and set their expert knowledge alongside (not over and above) the patient’s own explanation and viewpoint."
"Working with interpreters has enriched all my clinical work. What it has made me do is make me think about how I construct my language, how I construct explanatory models of mental health."
Rachel Tribe, Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of East London via Vimeo.
“We human beings are all struggling with our feelings, thoughts, impulses, and habits. The illusionary differences between “clinician” and “client” evaporates, like a bad dream- leaving us with one “condition”: the human condition"
Walker, M.T. (2006). The social construction of mental illness and its implications for the recovery model. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 10(1), 71-87
“An individual practitioner may strive admirably to understand the contribution of their client’s culture to the conversation created between them, but will rarely give the same scrutiny to the role of their own culturally-determined belief system"3