Topics: Africa, Culture, Self-concept Pages: 12 (3598 words) Published: April 21, 2010
Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors
School of Counselling Studies

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Student’s Name:Dorcas Adoyo Mwinda Date of Submission: 30th October 2009

Assignment: (please tick appropriate box)1 2
Module 1‘Exploration in Counselling’
Module 2: ‘Understanding in Counselling’
Module 3: ‘Integration in Counselling’
Module 4: PracticumVideo Evaluation
Module 5 ‘Research Methods’
Module 6 ‘Dissertation’

Title of Assignment: The Appropriateness of Person centered Approach in Sub-Saharan Africa Comments: (please tick appropriate box)

First Internal Examiner
Second External ExaminerSecond Internal Examiner
External Examiner

Recommended Result:Percentage:Level (MA/PG Dip)

Name of Examiner:Elias Gikundi

What is person centred Approach3
View of Human nature3
Unconditional Positive Regard6
Empathic Understanding6
Concepts exposed in person- centred Approach7
Values exposed in person centred approach9
Effectiveness of Person Centred Approach in Sub-Saharan Africa11 Conclusion13


Counselling has been perceived as an advice in many sub- Saharan African countries and also the fact that there are many counselling approaches which are used; it has even become more confusing for people to understand. But due to different experiences we face in African countries like tribal clashes, culture differences, Poverty, political instability, racism, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and many others counselling was introduced from the western culture to provide healing to the affected and infected people, and thus person centred approach was adopted because it helps deal with individual feelings, which would help the readjust back to the surrounding both literally and psychologically. Person centred approach is one among the other counselling approaches used in sessions which I am sure that it is not well known in sub Saharan African. In this paper, I am going to going to discuss on the relevance of person centred approach in sub- Saharan African and also examining in Kenyan concept. In summing up I shall give my conclusion on what I think or feel about the topic am writing about.

Person centred approach championed by Carl Rogers in the 1930s and 1940s. This approach assist clients to listen to their feelings and inner voices and in doing so clients can learn to do better in their own, (Nelson, 2001). Since we are aware what it is all about then the question is ‘how does it view human beings”?

Rogers (1961) says that person centred approach view human beings as having the ability to steer the course of their lives, if offered in a relationship the core conditions. Rogers (1967) also states that to be self which one is truly is, is more than an attainable goal of person centred therapy, but a key aspect in the process of becoming a fully functioning person. I do agree with Rogers because, this therapy does not allow a client to talk about others but brings the client to self and dealing with what is affect him or her now. In person centred approach human nature is seen as basically social so that human beings are by nature protective, caring, compassionate and understanding towards each other, (Mearns et al. 1988).He argues that the dependence of human infants and interdepence of adults’ points in the same direction as does the inmate capacity to infer imaginatively the experience of others. According to Bozarth et al. (1986) person centred approach has the belief that all human beings have within them the innate capacity to grow towards their own unique fulfilment (or to move towards self actualisation). I personally...

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