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Non Western Therapies: a review of Meseron Therapy, what is the way forward?

Carol Ofovwe

A number of non-western therapies have been proposed over the years, they derive their impetus from the perspective of indigenous psychology. As defined by Kim and Berry (1993) indigenous psychology is, "the scientific study of human behavior or mind that is native, that is not transported from other regions, and that is designed for its people". Meseron therapy a psychological treatment approach of African origin developed by Alfred Awaritefe (1995) is a case in point. The word "Meseron" among the Urhobos from of Delta State in Southern Nigeria means "I reject it" or "I refuse it': The power of the spoken word, a concept which transcends cultural and religious beliefs is the central core of the therapy.

Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Carol Ofovwe

Carol Ofovwe is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology with the Department of Mental Health, School of Medicine, University of Benin. Dr Ofovwe obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Limpopo, South Africa in 2007. She is widely published both locally and internationally, currently; she has over 40 academic publications comprising chapters in books and a book titled "Fundamentals of General and Clinical Psychology". Her areas of interest include stress and health related behaviour, psychotherapy and gender studies.

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