After the Vietnam War tens of thousands of Hmong refugees left their homeland, Laos, to immigrate to many countries such as America, France, Canada, and Australia. Those who came to America brought with them specific challenges to the healthcare system of the United States: As these immigrants attempted to preserve their cultural identities while adapting to the American traditions of mental health care. Professionals such as family care physicians, social workers, and mental health professionals could improve their communication with these patients by looking for ways to appreciate their ways of life and their treatment practices. Through expanding, such familiarity would make it possible for physicians in all encounters with Hmong patients or clients to improve communication and care. Specifically, western perspectives and the Hmong approach to dealing with physical and mental illnesses are discussed in this literature review. This project was intended to help Western healthcare professionals make their treatment of Hmong patients or clients more successful. It was written from the point of view of an author with a Hmong background. An ethical concept was also discussed in this project: the duty to inform all parties of potential harm by clients, which is required of mental health practitioners or counselors in general. A case scenario of a Hmong client was presented to help mental health therapists carry out the procedure to inform various parties when dealing with the bizarre behavior of Hmong clients.
Adlerian Brief Therapy for Hmong Clients
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