Cultural Challenges to Psychosocial Counselling in Nepal

Wietse A. Tol, Mark J.d. Jordans, Sushama Regmi, Bhogendra Sharma

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This article describes the way in which the practice of psychosocial counselling was adapted culturally to the context of Nepal within the Centre for Victims of Torture, Nepal (CVICT). After a brief description of the Nepali setting and CVICT's counselling and training approach and the relationship of its psychosocial counselling intervention with existing methods of dealing with psychosocial problems, the cultural challenges of implementing psychosocial counselling and our response to them are sketched along with concepts deemed important in psychosocial counselling. A discussion follows in which the authors’ stance on the export of psychosocial counselling to non-western cultures is outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-333
Number of pages17
Journaltranscultural psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • adaptation
  • cross-cultural
  • non-western
  • psychosocial counselling
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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