International Case Studies in Mental Health presents a variety of global cases from both developed and developing countries, detailing descriptions of the people who are seeking help to eliminate their distress and of the exceptional practitioners who provide the help. In most of the cases, the practitioner is someone who shares a similar heritage with her or his help seeker, and who is influenced at least partly by Western psychotherapy traditions. Each chapter also is a showcase of how scholars pair up with mental health practitioners to create a work that weaves together contextual and individual qualities to inform an understanding of the help-seeker and the intervention.

This book aims to help prepare both mental health trainees and practicing professionals to be effective in the provision of healing in their work with people in different regions of the world. Consequently, the authors hope to offer practitioners a glimpse of what can be achieved in these regions by people whose reputations within the respective communities are strong.

Counselling as Much More Than “Counselling”: A Case from Zimbabwe

Counselling as much more than “counselling”: A case from Zimbabwe
Chalmer E.Thompson

Introduction of the Authors

Margaret Rukuni has a bachelor's degree in general studies (history and English majors, comparative religions and geography minors) from the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe [UZ]), another bachelor's degree in psychology (honors) from the UZ, and a master's degree in educational psychology (UZ). She is currently completing a bachelor's degree in gender studies (honors) at the University of South Africa. She earned her PhD in educational psychology from the UZ. She has also taken lifelong courses at the postgraduate level in psychometrics and research at Michigan State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at ...

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