Using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)

Veröffentlicht am 12.03.2019

Did you know that

  • Individuals’ cultures and experiences have a profound impact on their understanding of their symptoms and their attitudes towards care?
  • There is now a comprehensive, yet efficient, way to engage individuals in meaningful discussions about their views and experiences?
  • The Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) has been endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and included within the DSM-5?
  • Online training for the CFI is now available to you?

What is the CFI?

The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) (APA, 2013) is a 16-question interview guide to help behavioral health providers better understand the way service users and their social networks (e.g., families, friends) understand what is happening to them and why, their prior experiences with care, and the types of supports they feel would be helpful. To date, thousands of clinicians and other behavioral health providers around the world are utilizing the CFI to have open, empathic, and judgment-free conversations with service users about their views and experiences, with the goal of improving their engagement in services, the quality of treatment and service delivery, and recovery outcomes. 

What does the CFI online training module offer?

The New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry (CPI) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, have partnered to develop a 50-min online training module to provide behavioral health providers with an overview of how to utilize the CFI in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings. The module includes video-taped interviews with individuals in recovery who offered their personal stories to demonstrate the use of the CFI in multiple settings, interactive features for active learning, and tools to plan the CFI implementation in your practice, programs or services.

In a recent evaluation of module users in New York State, a large majority positively rated it, feeling that it not only improved their understanding of how to conduct a CFI-based interview, but that it would result in practice changes (Aggarwal et al, 2018).

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