Nurs 6640 week 1 discussion Post Response

Nurs 6640 week 1 discussion Post Response

Great post Daniel on the cultural beliefs effect psychotherapy. I agree when you said that it is important that the PMHNP needs to be culturally competent and aware of the different stigmas that culture can play on the perception of psychotherapy. The concept of cultural competence is especially true when dealing with the Navajo nation because even the use of the word “belief’ can cause problem because of the way their culture interprets its meaning. The Navajo regard psychotherapy as a practice pertaining to illness and healing and the terminology used becomes important (Lewis-Fernández, 2011, p. 5). When the word belief is applied to aspects of therapy it carries the connotation of falsehood, instead of saying what is your belief on mental illness and psych therapy one should use the terms values, attitudes on, view, but never beliefs (Lewis-Fernández, 2011, p. 6). Nurs 6640 week 1 discussion Post Response


The feeling of shared cultural beliefs and values plays an important role in psychotherapy. If a client feels that you do not understand where they are coming from because of cultural differences, it can cause negative effects. There are some studies that show that ethnically similar clients and therapists can result in more favorable outcomes. The increase in more favorable outcomes could be because the ethnic minority clients may view ethnically similar psychotherapists as a more credible source of help because the assume a shared culture or values (Meyer & Zane, 2013, p. 3).

Through your research have you found any data that supports racial matching of clients causing more favorable outcomes? Do you think that racial matching is appropriate in todays society? Nurs 6640 week 1 discussion Post Response. Again Daniel this was a very informative post and I look forward to reading more from you in the future.



Lewis-Fernández, R. (2011). Commentary on “Elements of Psychotherapy in Navaho Religion”: A Perspective from Contemporary Cultural Psychiatry. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 74(4), 293-300. doi:10.1521/psyc.2011.74.4.293

Meyer, O. L., & Zane, N. (2013). THE INFLUENCE OF RACE AND ETHNICITY IN CLIENTS’ EXPERIENCES OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(7), 884-901. doi:10.1002/jcop.21580. Nurs 6640 week 1 discussion Post Response




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