Ratih Arruum Listiyandini


Culturally adapting an evidence-based mental health intervention for Muslims and culturally diverse groups: Insights and best practices from Indonesia


Despite numerous studies have been conducted to examine evidence-based mental health treatments across groups, the availability of culturally sensitive treatments remains limited for Muslims and people coming from low-and-middle income countries, such as Indonesia. Since developing and testing totally new intervention would cost more time and financial investments, conducting cultural adaptation of an evidence-based treatment would bring benefits to provide culturally sensitive treatment for those who needed. As a country with the biggest Muslim and culturally diverse population, Indonesia could be a perfect example on how evidence-based treatments (such as: cognitive-behavioural therapies and mindfulness-based interventions) could be adjusted based on spiritual and Islamic values in various cultural context. This workshop will explain about the principles and systematic framework for culturally adapting evidence-based treatment, how this framework had been applied on developing culturally sensitive mental health program for Indonesian population, and some practices for participants to apply the framework for culturally adapting mental health program in different context. It is estimated that the workshop will take about 80 minutes. First, there would be 30 minutes of presentation and discussion about the principles, systematic framework, and how it had applied to develop a culturally adapted mental health program for Indonesian population. Then, on the next 20 minutes will be hands-on experiences for participants on applying cultural adaptation framework using a case study of Muslims in Australia, simulation, and group discussion, and the last 20 minutes is for final discussion.


Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
1. To give an understanding about the principles and systematic framework of cultural adaptation for evidence-based mental health treatments.
2. To discuss and getting new insights about challenges and opportunities on adapting evidence-based treatments for Muslim and culturally diverse groups.
3. To develop new skill for participants on applying cultural adaptation framework on building culturally sensitive mental health programs in various context.

Clinician, Educator


Ratih is a clinician, educator, and researcher in the field of clinical psychology and positive mental health. She’s graduated from the undergraduate and master’s programs in clinical psychology from the University of Indonesia, and later served as a lecturer at YARSI University, Indonesia. Ratih is actively conveying ideas related to promotion, prevention, and treatment of mental health problems in various discussion forums, news media, publications on journal articles and book chapters, as well as community service programs in Australia, Indonesia, and overseas. Her primary interest is in the study of resilience and the development of positive strengths in individuals, particularly among culturally diverse and under-represented group. She’s now pursuing PhD degree at the School of Psychology, UNSW Sydney, Australia with research topics about cultural adaptation of online mindfulness program for university students in Indonesia.