oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Falling into the cracks of culture: counselling at the heart of transformation in South Africa

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



The process of intense social change in South Africa unpreparedly thrusts the children forming the first generation of western-type educated members, into an individualist world. An exploration of multiple and diverse explanations of reality is used to find ways of integrating solutions in creating a context within which clients can move forward. The inclusion of traditional rituals at times is prescribed. This serves to link the problems experienced in the new way of life with traditional solutions. Thus alienation from cultural roots is lessened and the possibility for clients to carry; a sense of traditional identity forward is created. Three case studies on an adaptation of western counselling methods to (South) African indigenous coping or helping interventions employed in the face of challenges presented by rapidly changing socio-cultural contexts within South Africa today are presented. Adaptations of western counselling methods may contribute to discussions on the development of a dynamic evolutionary indigenous psychology in South Africa in the area of counselling.

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