Books by AJA Members

Culture and Madness A Training Resource, Film and Commentary for Mental Health Professionals

by: Inga-Britt Krause, Begum Maitra (2014)

Culture and Madness combines film, research and clinical scenarios to demonstrate how cultural influences pervade mental health thinking, practice and policy. At its heart a 150-minute film, How Culture Matters, explores how cultural communities in Britain consider mental health and illness. It shows conversations about culture and mental health taking place in different community contexts: interviews with cultural communities; between members of different communities; between mental health professionals, and experts in cultural theory and practice. The accompanying text explores the issues raised in the film, accompanied by clinical examples and summarised research drawn across a range of disciplines. In articulating the subtle and textured place of ‘culture’ in the everyday lives of all communities, this resource will encourage mental health professionals to adopt a reflective approach to mental health theory and practice.

Full of unique insights and learning points for clinical practice, this resource is required reading for professionals and trainers in the field of mental health, and will be a valuable tool for lecturers and students on mental health courses.

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Inga-Britt Krause

Inga-Britt Krause is a Social Anthropologist, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist and currently Training & Development Consultant in the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She was trained at the London School of Economics and at University College London.

Begum Maitra

Begum Maitra is a Child Psychiatrist and an adult psychotherapist in private practice, having worked for many years as a Consultant child psychiatrist in the British National Health Service and as an independent expert. She specialises in the role of culture as it relates to the assessment of children and families, particularly of risk, and to psychotherapy.

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