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Development and Implementation of the Culturally Competent Program with Cambodians: The Pilot Psycho-Social-Cultural Treatment Group Program
Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work (2012)
  • Meekyung Han, San Jose State University
  • Miguel Valencia
  • Yeon Soo Lee
  • Judy De Leon
Abstract
Most Southeast Asians (SEAs) came to the United States as refugees after the fall of Saigon in 1975. Among SEAs, Cambodians were known to be the most traumatized ethnic group with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, a conceptual framework of culturally competent practice for Cambodians is still in the early stages of development. The current pilot study sought to fill this gap by presenting a pilot program developed by combining Cambodian cultural traditions and spiritual philosophy with Western mental health techniques and was delivered by a Buddhist monk as a paraprofessional. In an effort to document the potential usefulness of the program, this study conducted an evaluation, and the findings indicate that the current program holds implications in the helping professions.
Keywords
  • PTSD,
  • Cambodians,
  • culturally competent practice,
  • Buddhism,
  • mindfulness meditation,
  • cognitive approach,
  • paraprofessional
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
DOI
10.1080/15313204.2012.700494
Citation Information
Meekyung Han, Miguel Valencia, Yeon Soo Lee and Judy De Leon. "Development and Implementation of the Culturally Competent Program with Cambodians: The Pilot Psycho-Social-Cultural Treatment Group Program" Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work Vol. 21 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 212 - 230 ISSN: 1531-3204
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/meekyung-han/6/