Guidelines for Training in Cultural Psychiatry

  title={Guidelines for Training in Cultural Psychiatry},
  author={Laurence J. Kirmayer and Kenneth Po-Lun Fung and C{\'e}cile Rousseau and Hung-Tat Lo and Peter Menzies and Jaswant Guzder and Soma Ganesan and Lisa Francesca Andermann and Kwame McKenzie},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={195 - 246}
This position paper has been substantially revised by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA)’s Section on Transcultural Psychiatry and the Standing Committee on Education and approved for republication by the CPA’s Board of Directors on February 8, 2019. The original position paper1 was first approved by the CPA Board on September 28, 2011. 

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