July 1, 2004: Headlines: COS - India: Mental Health: Community Mental Health: Families in Society: An Interview with India RPCV Norman J. Groetzinger

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An Interview with India RPCV Norman J. Groetzinger

An Interview with India RPCV Norman J. Groetzinger

An Interview with India RPCV Norman J. Groetzinger

An Administratorís Perspective of Trends in Community Mental Health: An Interview With Norman J. Groetzinger

[Excerpt]

One that has been especially important to me is culturally- sensitive care. That goes back to the fact that I personally have a master's degree in East Asian studies. I spent more than 2 years studying one entirely different culture, and following that two more years as a Peace Corps volunteer in India. So I've had the experience of being an individual living in a different cultural milieu. I observed my fellow Peace Corps volunteers, and it was very clear to me that if any of us as Peace Corps volunteers were to experience any kind of personal problems, we would not have gone to an Indian for help; we would have gone to another American.

And so, just translating that to what it must be like for the recent immigrant, be they from Vietnam or Laos or Guatemala or Costa Rica or Russia or wherever: it's important that there be someone to talk to, who you feel has some understanding of where you're coming from. I'm a strong believer in culturally-sensitive care; that is, from a consumer's perspective. Partly this reflects an increasing sophistication within the field, but it's also partly the changing demographics of the United States. More and more people who live here are people who are recent immigrants, and so there's more and more emphasis on cultural competence and cultural sensitivity.






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