Original Articles

Training of Professional Psychologists for Africa: Community Psychology or Community Work?

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 16, issue 2, 2006 , pages: 161–166
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2006.10820117
Author(s): Olaniyi BojuwoyeUniversity of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Abstract

If the practice of psychology is to be relevant to environmental realities and context sensitive then conscious consideration must be given to the psychology training programme. Training programmes should give due recognition to the historical, political, social, economic and cultural contexts of human behaviours so as to understand how these interacting contexts may contribute to placing people at risk for ill-health. The main aim of this article is to present an analysis of African environmental realities to which training programmes in psychology must respond. In view of the under-utilization of psychological services within healthcare systems in many parts of Africa, this article also provides some suggestions for the development of appropriate training and practice modalities that may be geared towards effective healthcare service delivery in Africa.

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