Psychotherapy: Practical Issues and Problems in Nigeria — 12 Months Experience
In the treatment of mental illness especially psychoneuroses, pharmacotherapy is frequently combined with psychotherapy of various forms: individual, group, family or behaviour modification (Klerman, 1976). In Nigeria, psychotherapy of any form as a treatment modality either in out-patient or in-patient population has not been popular in orthodox hospital settings. However, the traditional African culture of the extended family system has always provided a psychotherapeutic milieu for dealing with personality difficulties. Thus, organized individual, group and family psychotherapy has always been practiced in one form or another by elder clansmen or traditional healers.
KeywordsTraditional Healer Clinical Psychologist Psychotherapeutic Intervention Psychotherapy Session Psychiatric Social Worker
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Ellis, A., (1975), The Essentials of Rational-Emotive Therapy. In Counseling and Psychotherapy: Classics on Theories and Issues. Ard, B.N. (ed) Science and Behaviour Books, Inc.: Palo Alto.Google Scholar
- Jegede, R.O. and Olatawura, M.O. (1977). Problems of Psychotherapy in Changing Societies. The African Journal of Psychiatry — 3 (1 & 2): 75–80.Google Scholar
- Kiev, A. (1972). Transcultural Psychiatry. New York: MacMillan Co.Google Scholar
- Klerman, G.L. (1976). Psychoneurosis: Integrating Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy. In Successful Psychotherapy. Claghorn, J.L. (ed.) New York: Bruner/Mazel.Google Scholar
- Leighton, M. et al. (1963), Psychiatric Disorders Among the Yoruba New York: Cornell U. Press.Google Scholar
- Pela, O.A. (1980). Pharmapsychotherapy. Nigerian Journal of Clinical Psychology. In Press.Google Scholar
- Wolberg, L.R. (1967) The Technique of Psychotherapy. New York: Grune and Stratton.Google Scholar