Despite the fact that more than 80 per cent of mental health care
users make use of African indigenous practitioners, previous texts
on mental health care in Africa have focused predominantly on
sharpening Western-based competence, while paying scant attention
to local African practices. A more holistic view is needed to
reconnect mental health practitioners with the African community
where value systems are rooted and transmitted, and thus allow them
to provide better care. Mental health care in Africa is an
evidence-based practice and research book focusing equally on
Western and African indigenous mental health care practices so that
the best can be taken from both. Mental health care in Africa
starts to exert the African epistemology and ways of practice,
without undermining the contribution of Western health care.
Including African indigenous knowledge systems (AIKS) allows for
broader dialogue and encourages original debate on concepts such as
self-determination, informed consent, appropriate and relevant
assessment, and care in the mental health arena. Contents include
the following: Review of Western psychoeducation and findings in
the African indigenous context; Planning and conducting therapeutic
groups; Therapeutic interaction in HIV and AIDS care: an African
approach; Management of aggressive and violent mental health care
users; Sensory stimulation in mental health care users with
dementia; Medicinal management; Substance rehabilitation and
primary mental health care. Mental health care in Africa is aimed
at mental health care practitioners and undergraduate students at
universities and nursing colleges.
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