Community Counselling: Values and Practices

Sandy Lazarus*, Donna Baptiste, Mohamed Seedat

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This article focuses on community counselling, specifically in African contexts. A community psychology approach is used as a framework for this discussion. This approach, linked to a critical perspective, highlights the importance of going beyond individualist assessments and interventions towards comprehensive approaches that locate the person in context, and that listen carefully to and engage openly with all voices in a way that highlights dynamics that oppress ourselves and others, for the purposes of building a supportive and health promoting environment for all. Perspectives and values relevant to this approach, and their implications for psychological practice, are discussed. In particular, the implications for psychological assessment and intervention are explored in some detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-454
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • African contexts
  • Community counselling
  • Community psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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