How Can Western Providers Adapt their Techniques when Working with the Hmong Population in a Mental Health Setting?


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Pa Der Vang


Mental health is a common concern for Southeast Asian refugees who are struggling with acculturation. This study examined what therapeutic techniques Western clinicians use to assure cultural sensitivity during therapy. A qualitative study was conducted and nine clinicians were interviewed. The results of this study demonstrated it is imperative to include family, exhibit respect, and include traditional beliefs and values in an effort to be culturally sensitive. This maximizes optimal therapeutic interventions. The main diagnoses explored in this study were Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression. Both the study and the research displayed similar themes affecting clinicians when providing therapy to Southeast Asian refugees. This study is significant to clinicians working in the mental health field to ensure positive interactions with Southeast Asians. The idea of Western psychotherapy is foreign to Southeast Asians; it is crucial that clinicians have insight when providing care to this population.


Southeast Asian, cultural competency, mental health

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