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December 2013
International Association of Ethnopsychologists and Ethnopsychotherapists

New strategies in practice of modern psychiatry (experience from Siberia)

The Mental Health Research Institute of SB RAMSci (headquarters of The International Association of Ethnopsychologists and Ethnopsychotherapists, Tomsk, Russia) is a big research institution solving problems of mental health care in the Siberian Region of Russia. Scientific material produced by researchers is used in rehabilitative programs not only at the clinic of the Institute in Tomsk but also at other medical institutions of Siberia and Far East. Now the clinic is a modern organizing structure that has proved its efficacy and usefulness in solving problems associated with the organization of forms of specialized psychiatric help.

Based on the Mental Health Research Institute, we have developed and introduced more than 20 organizing forms of psychiatric help. The total effect from the introduction of results contributes positively to the stabilization of the psychiatric and substance abuse situation in the region. Programs of therapeutic help for liquidators of Chernobyl Atomic Power Station accident show their efficacy. There is a Regional Center of Borderline States providing diagnostic, treatment, consultative and investigative work in the Region of Siberia and Far East.

The scientific and practical alliance of researchers and clinicians enhances a systematic approach in rendering specialized psychiatric help in line with international medical standards.

Valentina Lebedeva

International Association of Ethnopsychologists and Ethnopsychotherapists

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