First Steps Toward an African Clinical Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 40–41. Reviews the book, Clinical Psychology in Africa (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America) edited by Karl Peltzer and Peter O. Ebigbo (1989). This textbook is an important modern source on African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin American health psychology. As the first textbook of its kind, it is written mainly by African researchers and psychotherapists concerned with the universal and broader context of mental healing. Peltzer and Ebigbo, well-known experts in the field, have authored or at least coauthored more than a third of the 63 chapters in the book. Much emphasis has been placed on psychosocial aspects of clinical psychology and on research fields at the interface between anthropology, psychiatry, and psychopathology. On the basis of their counseling experience, Peltzer and his associates develop a global, but clear-cut, conception of training programs (training goals, course contents and practical feasibility) for African clinical psychologists. The two chapters on training in psychosocial health demonstrate the enormous significance of psychology in health care. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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