Farooq Naeem





Putting cultural issues into the perspective during good practise of CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has a strong evidence base and is recommended by the national guidelines in most developed nations. However, it has been suggested that CBT is underpinned by specific cultural values and for it to be effective for clients from diverse backgrounds it should be culturally adapted. Therapists working with ethnic minority clients in the US have developed guidelines for adaptation of therapy. Most of these guidelines are based on theoretical grounds or personal experiences. These guidelines were not the direct outcome of research to address cultural issues. Recently our international group have used various methods to adapt CBT for clients from various backgrounds including African, Carribeans, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Middle Eastern, Pakistanis and Chinese. We have conducted more than 20 RCTs In this area. This talk will focus on lessons learnt from these studies. As such this talk will be of interest to not only researchers but also the clinicians who work with clients from these backgrounds both in countries of their origin and for those living in the West.