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Title: Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context: A Ghanaian Contribution towards Provision of Culturally Competent Care.
Authors: Owusu-Ansah, F. E
Donnir, G. M
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Hershey, PA
Citation: Owusu-Ansah, F. E., & Donnir, G. M. (2017). Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context: A Ghanaian Contribution towards Provision of Culturally Competent Care. In P. Ngulube (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries (pp. 395-410). Hershey, PA: . doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0833-5.ch018
Abstract: This chapter posits that the science of psychotherapy is a culturally defined art. Psychological theories must, of necessity and efficacy, be adapted and responsive to the context within which they are practiced. The Ghanaian cultural context is deeply spiritually-oriented. Socio-religious beliefs in this cultural context define the Ghanaian concept of health, ill health, and health-seeking behaviours. Therefore, effective psychotherapy and culturally competent care must be context specific and suited to the needs, norms, practices and beliefs of the indigenous people. Yet, it is not unusual to find clinicians who practice in one cultural context but were trained in another; a situation that sometimes hinders effective service delivery. The chapter discusses some of the challenges faced by Ghanaian psychotherapists, practicing in Ghana, who were trained in a non-African cultural context. Excerpts of clinical case studies are used to illustrate these issues and suggestions for culturally competent care conclude the chapter.
Description: A book Chapter for Owusu-Ansah, F. E., & Donnir, G. M. (2017). Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context Psychotherapy in Indigenous Context: A Ghanaian Contribution towards Provision of Culturally Competent Care. In P. Ngulube (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Theoretical Perspectives on Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Developing Countries (pp. 395-410). Hershey, PA: . doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0833-5.ch018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/8911
ISBN: 9781522508335
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