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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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    Speech and Language Therapy Publications: Are They Adequate?

    Speech and Language Therapy Publications: Are They Adequate?

    Abstract

    Scientific publications in the area of speech and language therapy are meant to communicate
    to the scientific and practice community and policy-makers new developments (in theories,
    research and practice). Where there is a dearth of publication, teaching, research, and policy
    development in the field of study suffer. The aim of this paper is to find out whether
    publications in the area of speech and language therapy are adequate. A computer-aided
    electronic search was made using Ebscohost database. Scientific articles published within
    2011 and 2016 in the area of speech and language therapy were sought in three
    representative developed as well as three developing countries. Results show that
    publications in the area of speech and language therapy are not adequate. It is therefore
    recommended that speech and language therapists should endeavour to not only practice but
    also spare time for publications of their experiences for proper teaching, research and policy
    making.

    Author: Bridget Ngozi Madu

    Department of English, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University,

    Igbariam Campus, Nigeria

    Email: madubridget@gmail.com

     

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