MSA4320EN - Transcultural Mental Health

Course description

A cultural perspective on the mental health illness and services will be covered in this course. Areas related to cultural sensitivity, trauma, refugee and asylum seeker experience, racism and prejudice, and cultural assumptions will be discussed. Such topics will provide students with an understanding of the impact the mental health field has on diverse communities.

How this course benefits students

An exploration and understanding of diverse cultural communities will be a learning objective. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of cultural factors related to mental health assessment and treatment.

Why this course is important

Developing cultural competence that leads to effective mental health services in the community is essential. Missional leaders have an opportunity to explore mental health issues across cultures. Such preparation will lead them to making effective decisions when working with individuals across cultures who are mentally ill.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

There is a wide diversity of cultures represented in the Bible. As Christians, there must be a sense of personal responsibility to all cultures and all people. The connection between mental health problems across cultures in the Bible and present mental health cultural issues are covered in this course.

Missionally driven

Missional training is designed to assist missional leaders to impact all people across many cultures. As missional leaders gain knowledge of multicultural sensitivity and the impact of trauma, they will gain the preparation needed to face mental health illness within diverse communities.

Contextually informed

Applied learning methods will be used for this course to help students grasps the effects of culture and mental illness. Students will be able to determine how to assess cultural factors that will lead to the healing process.

Interculturally focused

Social and cultural factors that shape mental illness in the community are discussed in this course. Specifically, gaps in service delivery and treatment across cultures are assessed.

Practically minded

An exploration of diverse cultures and practical ways to implement mental health services in the community will be covered. Students will explore misconceptions of mental illness across cultures and ways to close gaps of such thought processes.

Experientially transformed

An examination of different cultures within a student's community will be discussed. The approach will allow students to explore cultural and social factors that influence or explain mental illness.