Community Counselling in African Contexts

Sandy Lazarus*, Donna Baptiste, Mohamed Seedat

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This article explores community counselling as a form of professional practice for psychologists, with a particular focus on practices that are relevant in African contexts. The discussion identifies and discusses various models of practice identified in community psychology, including an ecological perspective, a public health and community mental health framework, interventions that focus on promoting a sense of community, indigenous approaches to community counselling and a critical or social action framework. Examples relating to each of these models of practice are drawn from various African settings, providing practitioners with some insights into how theory can be operationalised into practices that are relevant to African contexts. The article concludes with a discussion on community research, with a particular focus on ethical considerations relevant to a community approach in African contexts. The latter discussion emphasises the importance of working with the community as partners, and suggests the possibility of developing a Code of Ethics aimed specifically at guiding community counselling practice in African contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-469
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • African contexts
  • Community counselling
  • Community psychology
  • Community research
  • Professional practices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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