This workshop is a follow up to a workshop presented in July 2019 in Cape Town titled African Traditions and Psychotherapy. In this workshop we will have an in-depth discussion of some of the topics that were covered in the previous workshop. i.e. the philosophy of life and core beliefs of Indigenous Africans as well as African spirituality and the process of Ukuthwasa.
The purpose of the workshop is to assist psychotherapists to develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous African people’s world view and how that might have a bearing on how they deal with life events including death, dying and grief. As a way of developing a better understanding of processes that Umuntu (a human being) engages in and how Abantu (human beings) way of living is influenced by their philosophy and core beliefs this workshop explores a process of Ukuthwasa in detail, various types of ancestors and how ancestors differ from each other. This workshop will also explore a definition and development of a self, a connection between mind and soul as well as life stages of a soul. This workshop is aimed at shedding light on therapy material that is often presented by patients in therapy space for example, ancestral calling, dreams, rituals, prayer, cursing, witchcraft and Ukuthwasa. It is envisaged that this workshop will bridge a gap between Psychology and Indigenous spiritual healing practices.
More about the Presenters
Vella Maseko is a Traditional Healer and Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Vista Psychiatric Clinic in Centurion and Meriting Therapy Centre in Midrand. (Meriting is a Setswana word meaning a place of reflections or shades. Traditionally, communities would gather under the shade of a tree to share stories and play.) She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Witwatersrand in 2007.
Vella was trained and initiated in various traditions of Ubungoma (ancestral calling) between 2003 and completed her last training in 2010. She has been practicing as a Traditional health practitioner as well a psychologist for more than 10 years. Her work includes teaching in corporate, public and academic institutions on psychology and African spirituality. She is a partner in Bookela Botho Institute, a Non-Profit-Organisation . She is dedicating her work in integrating African Spiritual healing modalities and Psychotherapy.
Nompumelelo Prudence Kubeka is a Traditional Healer and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Mondeor (Johannesburg). She incorporates her work of being a traditional healer and a psychologist in her practice and adheres to the scope of practice.
She completed her magister in 2016 at University of Pretoria. After her internship at Weskoppies Psychiatric hospital, she worked at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic hospital as clinical psychologist. While completing her magister and internship, she was trained in traditional healing and graduated in 2016 as a traditional healer. Her thesis The Psychological Perspective on Zulu Ancestral Calling: A Phenomenological Study (2016, UP, Pretoria), written while she was undergoing her process, is based on her understanding of and submission to the ancestral calling.
Her work includes teaching the value of indigenous healing, African rituals and culture to professionals in universities and academic hospitals, to promote an understanding of patients especially those with ancestral calling.
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