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Mexico, Central and South America
Marcos de Noronha
Dr. de Noronha is certified as a psychiatrist by the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry and the Federal Council of Medicine. He is a psychotherapist and psychodramatist recognized by FEBRAP. Dr. de Noronha is president of the Brazilian Association of Cultural Psychiatry and a member of the Transcultural Section of the World Association of Psychiatry.
In 1993, during the 9th World Congress of Psychiatry, he founded the Brazilian Association of Ethnopsychiatry (ABE) to gather professionals from various disciplines, such as ethnology, sociology and psychiatry, to develop efficient therapies and bring benefits to society as a whole. He was the first elected president at the 1st Brazilian Congress of Ethnopsychiatry and the International Symposium of Cultural Psychiatry, held in October of 1998 in Florianópolis at the Federal University; this meeting gathered 26 Brazilian and foreign professionals, including several teachers. Over time, he developed a broader form of practice, influenced by the healing practices of traditional societies, that focuses on the causes of disease (“Social Therapy”). This approach seeks to go beyond treating symptoms to promote the participation of the patient in society, focusing on developing relationships in as natural an environment as possible.
In Social Therapy, the technique of sharing participants’ experiences, when appropriate to the topic discussed, promotes lowering of resistance and greater group interest, compared with the dynamics where only the therapist contributes and offers interpretation directly to the patient. Dr. de Noronha has published the book Social Therapy (2007) and is currently finishing two more books, including THE BRAIN AND THE EMOTIONS: Analogy between rituals and psychotherapies.