African Spirituality and Psychology

School of Consciousness and Transformation EWP 6337 3.00

Using comparative analysis, critical theory, and case studies, this course is an in-depth examination of the philosophical foundations, historical development, and contemporary theoretical applications of the scientific disciplines of psychology and indigenous healing practices. This course explores the interplay between Western psychotherapeutic models, i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalysis, attachment theory, and African indigenous healing practices. For Western psychotherapeutic models, the focus is on their common worldview that underpins their therapeutic approaches: evidence-based treatment, measurability, and/or objectification of human experience. For indigenous healing practices, especially African, the emphasis is on their common worldview that informs their therapeutic intervention: symbolic efficacy, attachment to cultural values and belief systems, and psychodrama. At the end of this course, students will be able to apply an integrated approach to their therapeutic and/or spiritual practices.

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