Integrating Traditional Healing Practices Into Counseling and Psychotherapy critically examines ethnic minority cultural and traditional healing in relation to counseling and psychotherapy. Authors Roy Moodley and William West highlight the challenges and changes in the field of multicultural counseling and psychotherapy by integrating current issues of traditional healing with contemporary practice. The book uniquely presents a range of accounts of the dilemmas and issues facing students, professional counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, researchers, and others who use multicultural counseling or transcultural psychotherapy as part of their professional practice.

Sharing Healing Secrets: Counselors and Traditional Healers in Conversation

Sharing Healing Secrets: Counselors and Traditional Healers in Conversation

Sharing healing secrets: Counselors and traditional healers in conversation
Rebecca GawileSima and WilliamWest

Counselors and Traditional Healers in Conversation Rebecca Gawile Sima and William West

In most African countries, before the arrival of the colonizers, the Africans had their own indigenous institutions for dealing with social, psychological, and physical problems, and these institutions used both formal and informal mechanisms. Informally, the problems were handled by relatives, particularly the Elders or trusted friends. Formally, there were a few “identified people,” to whom others could turn when necessary, who handled everyone's problems (Makinde, 1984). These identified people had what Sue and Zane (1987) called “ascribed status,” which refers to the role or position that others assign one person or group of ...

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