Micol Ascoli, M.D.

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I am psychiatrist and psychotherapist of Jewish origin, working in the UK as a Consultant in an ethnically and culturally diversified area of East London. Ethno-cultural minority groups, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are the vast majority of my patients. Graduated in Medicine in Rome, Italy, in 1997 and specialized in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in 2002, with a dissertation on guilt feelings in Holocaust survivors. After moving to London from Italy in 2004, I became the Clinical Lead in Cultural Psychiatry for the Newham locality and I have set up training in Cultural Psychiatry for undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees, clinical staff, service users groups and MSc students. In 2008 I was appointed Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University in London, in recognition of my teaching and academic activities in the fields of Clinical and Cultural Psychiatry. I have been involved with the WACP since its very beginning. I’m co-Editor of the WACP Newsletters and I am the Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee of the 3rd World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry to be held in London, 9-11 March 2012. Since 2001, I have taken part in international congresses of Cultural Psychiatry where she has given presentations and chaired Symposia on several topics including Jewish culture and Psychoanalysis, PTSD and guilt feelings in Holocaust survivors, culture and mental health law, acculturation in migrant mental health workers, racism and mental health, charismatic religious healing and the concept of personhood in the Catholic religion. Her most recent fields of interest, research and work are cultural capability and the cultural consultation model. In 2010 I started to work as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Research Fellow for the Tower Hamlets Cultural Consultation Service in London, which provides clinical cultural consultation, training and organizational consultancy in mainstream services.

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Culture impacts mental illness so that culturally relevant care is needed for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From a social point of view, there has been rapid social and cultural change, as well as migration within and between nations. Societies are becoming multi-ethnic and poly-cultural in nature worldwide. From a clinical perspective, there is a need to improve cultural competence to provide proper psychiatric care of each patient, considering the ethnic/race/cultural background, irregardless of minority or majority status.

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