WACP Founder

Goffredo Bartocci, M.D.

Former President

Goffredo Bartocci, M.D., born in Italy in 1945, graduated in University of Rome “Sapienza” where received his resident training in psychiatry and psychotherapy, research fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town - South Africa (1972, scholarship by Italian Foreign Office) and at the Tavistock Institute in London (1982, scholarship by World Health Organization). Since the beginning of his career has devoted himself to the study of trans-cultural aspects of mental health and transcultural issues related to migration and religion, carrying out researches and field work among Bantu people in South Africa (1972) and Aboriginal tribes in central Australia (1984-1985). He is currently well established scholar at national and international level. In 1989 he has founded the Istituto di Igiene Mentale Transculturale (IMT) in Rome together with Luigi Frighi, Gian Giacomo Rovera and Nicola Lalli. Than they organized several training course and congresses also thanks to the significant efforts of Vittorio Infante and Vittorio De Luca. In 1999 he was named President of Transcultural Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association and now he serves as past-president and honorary advisors. In 2003 he has founded the Transcultural Psychiatry Special Interest Group into the Italian Society of Psychiatry in Rome of which is Chair since 2009 and now he serves as past-president. In 2005 he became founder and president-elect of World Association of Cultural Psychiatry and after Wen-Shing Tseng presidency, he was president from 2009 to 2012 and now he serves as past-president. In 2006 he founded and become editor in chief of the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review and now he serves as past-editor. Since 2012 he is founder and editor in Chief of the Rivista di Psichiatria e Psicoterapia Culturale in Rome and in same year become member of the Italian Society of Individual Psychology in Turin. In 2006 he has organized the First World Congress Cultural Psychiatry (23-26 September, Beijing, China), in 2009 the II World Congress Cultural Psychiatry. Cultural Brain and Living societies (27-30 September, Norcia, Italy) and in 2012 Honorary President of the Third World Congress Cultural Psychiatry (March 2012 Queen Mary University, London, UK), in 2015 Honorary President of the Fourth Congress Cultural Psychiatry, Mexico. He has been teaching Transcultural Psychiatry in different Universities (Rome, Turin) and in various School of Psychotherapy (IREP in Rome and Padua, SAIGA in Turin and IRPII in Rome) since 1992. Due to his experience and interests he has been nominated consultant and committee member of different Italian Govern Institutions such as the Ministry of Health and different Local/ Regional Councils. From 1974 up to 2003 he has worked as consultant and then director of different Mental Health Unit and Department in Umbria and in Rome. He has credit three books: Psicopatologia Cultura e Pensiero Magico, Liguori Ed. - Napoli, 1990; Il Mondo delle Intenzioni Liguori Ed. - Napoli, 1992; Psicopatologia Cultura e la Dimensione del Sacro. Edizioni Universitarie Romane - Roma, 1994; and many internationally recognized papers on this topic. In 2013 has published in the French Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale the Chapter: Réflexions sur spiritualité, religion et psychiatrie..

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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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