From Cross-Cultural Psychiatry to Clinical Practice: What To Do About the Self/Other Boundary in Schizophrenia

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Monday, January 23, 2023






Abstract: This talk will bring together perspectives from philosophy, anthropology, psychiatry and psychology to demonstrate how cultural variations in the placement of the self-other boundary impact approaches to mental illness and the psychiatric patient-clinician relationship. Dr. Sajber will compare the clinical model of Western industrialized societies to the treatment of schizophrenia in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where the locus of control characteristic of sociocultural beliefs is in much more fortuitous alignment with the caregiving environment’s emotional temperature. She will provide philosophical analyses of cultural beliefs which place a person’s agency outside of the self (such as beliefs in super-human powers or dependence on community support) and explain why, when combined with communications carrying low emotional charge, these turn out to be less stigmatizing within the community, and create better treatment outcomes for schizophrenia in both clinical and community-based settings.

About the speaker: Kriszta Sajber, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Her doctoral dissertation, Schizophrenic Disorders of Consciousness: A Phenomenological Investigation, analyzed the disorders of selfhood and embodiment characteristic of the lived experience of schizophrenia. Her current research focuses on biomedical and public health ethics as well as topics in the philosophy of medicine and the philosophy of mental illness. See full bio HERE.
 CBSSM’s Clinical Ethics Service sponsors the monthly Bioethics Grand Rounds. CME credit is available for Michigan Medicine faculty and staff. 

Faculty and Nursing CME Credit 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ & 1.0 CEU for Social Work Available

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The following faculty planner(s)/co-planner(s) and presenter(s) have nothing to disclose: Andrew Shuman, Christian Vercler, and Kriszta Sajber.