Counseling People of African Ancestry

Counseling People of African Ancestry

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This volume advances a uniquely Afro-centric, sociocultural understanding of health maintenance and risk reduction in African cultural heritage populations. It unites a diverse group of leading African and Africanist scholars in an exploration of common cultural values in African heritage communities and their practical applications in contemporary counseling. The chapters highlight the prominent health issues faced in Africanist settings today and use real-world experiences to illustrate core lessons for effective community action. The approach spans complex cultural milieus, from diversity counseling to conflict resolution. Each chapter includes field-based experiential tasks, discussion boxes, research boxes and case studies, which serve as valuable resources in both coursework and casework. Counseling People of African Ancestry is an essential primer for community health workers, counselors and educators seeking a better understanding of African cultural heritage settings to promote community health, well-being and development.
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  • Electronic book text | 336 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 b/w illus. 12 tables
  • 9781139088992

Table of contents

Part I. Foundations of Counseling in African Settings: 1. Indigenous healing practices in sub-Saharan Africa Elias Mpofu, Karl Peltzer and Olaniyi Bojuwoye; 2. The role of oral tradition in counseling people of African ancestry Jacobus G. Maree and Cecilia M. du Toit; 3. Assessment for counseling intervention Lynne Radomsky, Sofoh Hassane, Michelle Hoy-Watkins and Chiwoza Bandawe; 4. Research on counseling in African settings Lisa Lopez Levers, Michelle May and Gwen Vogel; 5. Deconstructing counseling psychology for the African context Nithi Muthukrishna and David Lackland Sam; 6. Racial oppression, colonization, and identity: towards an empowerment model for people of African heritage Alex L. Pieterse, Dennis Howitt and Anthony V. Naidoo; Part II. Contexts of Counseling: 7. School counseling Elias Mpofu, Jacobus Gideon Maree, Joseph M. Kasayira and Carol Noela Van der Wethuizen; 8. Counseling students at tertiary institutions Ilse Ruane, Joseph M. Kasayira and Elizabeth N. Shino; 9. Family therapy within the African context Vinitha Jithoo and Terri Bakker; 10. Pastoral care and counseling Daniel Johannes Louw; 11. African refugees: challenges and prospects of resettlement programs Clemente Abrokwaa, Mary Shilalukey Ngoma, Edward Shizha and Elias Mpofu; 12. Counseling orphans and vulnerable children in Africa Gertie Pretorius, Brandon Morgan, Magen Mhaka-Mutepfa, Mary Shilalukey Ngoma and Thokozile Mayekiso; 13. Diversity counseling with African Americans Debra A. Harley and Kim L. Stansbury; 14. Resolving conflict in Africa: in search for sustainable peace Joleen Steyn Kotze and Gerrie Swart; Part III. Counseling Applications: 15. Counseling for trauma David J. A. Edwards and Linda Eskell Blokland; 16. HIV and AIDS counseling Lisa Lopez Levers, Elias Mpofu, Ronel Ferreira and Joseph Kasayira; 17. Substance use disorder counseling Monika M. L. dos Santos, Solomon T. Rataemane, Elias Mpofu and Andreas Pluddemann; 18. Career counseling people of African ancestry Mark Watson, Mary McMahon, Nhlanhla Mkhize, Robert D. Schweitzer and Elias Mpofu; 19. Counseling people with disabilities Elias Mpofu, Grace Ukasoanya, Anniah Mupawose, Debra Harley, John Charema and Kayi Ntinda; Part IV: 20. Counseling in African cultural heritage settings: the challenges and opportunities Elias Mpofu, Terri Bakker and Lisa Lopez Levers.
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"This innovative and constructive book draws together a rich body of literature from the academic fields of psychology, counseling, health, and disability. It takes this information and cleverly weaves it together with real life African experiences that are brought to life though a series of fascinating narratives. The outcome is a practical tool for change with firm theoretical and cultural foundations. This book is not only essential reading for those interested in counseling people of African ancestry, but also for those seeking to deepen their understanding of how African wisdom relating to interdependence, spirituality, and narrative approaches can positively contribute to Western cultural health systems."
- Sally Hartley, Professor Emeritus University of East Anglia "Counseling People of African Ancestry by Dr. Elias Mpofu is one of the most comprehensive and compelling books of this era. Omitted from most textbooks dealing with people from the African Diaspora is the inimitable connection that people across the diaspora share across family, social, political, and spiritual domains. The distinctive contributions of African and Africanist scholars in one collection make this book seminal, and it will be a benchmark for others to imitate. Including research boxes, case studies, and experimental exercises makes this book a must for all human service and allied health professionals, researchers, health educators, and practitioners, not only in the United States, but globally. Thanks so much for this contribution that I will share with my colleagues, friends, and students."
- Keith B. Wilson, Pennsylvania State University "Counseling People of African Ancestry is a wonderful addition to the psychological literature. In this book, Mpofu and colleagues highlight critical considerations in counseling African peoples. Section one, which addresses foundations, includes chapters on indigenous healing, the oral tradition, and the role of colonization and identity - important considerations in counseling individuals of African descent. Section two addresses both traditional (school, university, family, pastoral) and unique (refugees, vulnerable children, conflict zones) contexts, as does Section three (applications), which focuses on topics from trauma and disability to HIV/AIDS and career counseling. Based on the work of experts from a wide range of nationalities, this book is an essential reference for students and mental health professionals who are interested in Africans on the continent and in the diaspora."
- Frank C. Worrell, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley "Counseling People of African Ancestry is a valuable book that brings Africa to the forefront of professional counseling.... Counseling People of African Ancestry is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in African and African American studies, psychology, education, public health, anthropology, and related disciplines. Mpofu aimed to offer a culturally relevant book that provides a comprehensive and integrated survey of counseling practices for people of African heritage, and he has done so. The textbook is a good resource that can be used by undergraduate and graduate students as well as anyone who wishes to know more about counseling persons of African heritage."
- Dr. Phillip Johnson, Western Michigan University, PsycCRITIQUES
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About Elias Mpofu

Elias Mpofu is professor and head of discipline of rehabilitation counseling at the University of Sydney, Australia. Formerly professor of rehabilitation services at the Pennsylvania State University, he has also held professorial appointments at the University of Botswana and the University of Zimbabwe. He was awarded three national research awards in rehabilitation in 2007 by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), U.S. National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). His research and education expertise recognitions also include an awarded honorary doctoral degree in education by the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2010) and the rehabilitation educator of the year award by the U.S. NCRE (2010). He is also on several awarded research grants by the U.S. National Institutes of Health investigating the interface of faith and health in several African communities. Mpofu has more than twenty years of research and health education experience in sub-Saharan Africa and has published more than eighty research articles in peer-refereed journals, fifty book chapters, and eight books in the last sixteen years. He is the lead co-editor of Rehabilitation and Health Assessment: Applying ICF Guidelines (2010) and Assessment in Rehabilitation and Health (2010).
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