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    Meseron Therapy

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    Meseron Therapy

    Abstract

    Meseron therapy was developed by Alfred Awaritefe in 1995, the word Meseron is an
    Urhobo word which means “I reject it”. The core component in Meseron therapy is the
    power of the spoken word which cuts across cultural and religious boundaries. A general
    opinion is that words are powerful; they can make or mar, indeed, life and death are said to
    lie in the tongue. [Prv. 18:21] The Urhobos characteristically reject the unwholesome by
    saying “Meseron” i.e. “I reject it” at the mention of anything unwholesome. Incidentally this
    practice has found its way into conventional expression among Nigerians as reflected in an
    increased sensitivity to reject the unwholesome, unwelcome and unpleasant with phrases like
    “I reject poverty”, “I reject ill health” “it is not my portion” “God forbid” and so on. This
    widespread “I reject it” mind-set makes Meseron therapy a viable tool in clinical practice if
    well harnessed. Meseron therapy possess therapeutic strength and value with its undertone of
    optimism and resilience. However, Meseron therapy does not subscribe to empty optimism,
    the flipside of rejecting the unwholesome is accepting the wholesome. Research evidence
    abound on its use in therapeutic interventions like the management of fear, emotional
    disorder, as an antidote to stress etc. Meseron therapy also compares favourably well with
    western therapies of cognitive and motivational perspectives. This paper attempts to expose
    the rich theoretical viewpoints of Meseron therapy with the hope that its use in research/
    clinical practice will be further enhanced.

     

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    Psychotherapy In Nigeria

    Psychotherapy In Nigeria

    Abstract

    There is no exact word for psychotherapy in many Nigerian languages, numbering over 250.
    But equivalent words exist for expression such as counselling and cognitive behaviour
    therapy. The practice of these arts predated the advent of the Europeans. When modern
    psychology arrived in our shores, we naturally adopted the Euro-American models of
    psychotherapy. All that makes psychotherapy necessary can be found in our country: trauma
    due to child abuse, and neglect, abuse of human dignity, tribal wars, political conflict,
    poverty, migration and stress-provoking lifestyles, among others. The Aro village system
    developed by Lambo is an attestation to the usefulness of some of our native approaches and
    to the efficacy of social support that is inherent in the African traditional system. The
    introduction of a bilingual group psychotherapy at Aro in the early 1990 was a natural
    follow-up to this development. Group therapy is the most popular form of psychotherapy as it
    is practised in most teaching hospitals and psychiatric establishments. Meseron therapy and
    harmony restoration therapy are the two foremost indigenous approaches to psychotherapy
    in Nigeria. Meseron therapy is cognitive-behavioural in orientation while harmony
    restoration therapy is existential-phenomenological. Other therapies commonly taught and
    practised include: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy;
    Behaviour Therapy; The Psychodynamic Therapies, etc. Modern psychotherapy services are
    available in private clinics/consultations, schools, hospitals and medical centres. The
    services are offered by a wide variety of professionals ranging from clinical psychologists
    and psychiatrist, to social workers, nurses and pastors. At present, focused training in
    psychotherapy is inadequate, in spite of the efforts by the universities and the Nigerian
    Association of Clinical Psychologists. This is an important lacuna that the School of
    Psychotherapy and Health Sciences, Okija, has come to fill.

     

    Alfred Awaritefe

    Department of Mental Health, School of Medicine,

    College of Medical Sciences,

    University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

    Email: alfawa2000@gmail.com

     

     

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