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Transforming a Past into a Future: Counseling Psychology in South Africa

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Cet article décrit une analyse SWOT de la profession de psychologue du counseling en Afrique du Sud. Deux sources d’information constituent la base de cette investigation: une revue de la littérature sur la profession et l’analyse thématique d’une enquête réalisée auprès de psychologues du counseling pratiquants ou en formation. Il apparaît que cette profession cherche à se constituer une identité pertinente qui serait en prise avec les problèmes spécifiques relevant de l’histoire sociopolitique et socioéconomique de l’Afrique du Sud. On envisage différentes pistes esquissant une vision d’avenir de la profession aussi bien dans un contexte national qu’international.

This article describes a SWOT analysis of the counseling psychology profession in South Africa. Two sources of information formed the basis for the analysis: An examination of the literature on the profession and a content theming of a survey conducted with practising counseling psychologists and those in training. The analysis suggests that the counseling profession is struggling to establish a relevant identity that will address the inherent problems created by South Africa's sociopolitical and socioeconomic history. Several suggestions are made for creating a future vision for the profession within both a national and an international context.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-0597.2007.00282.x

Affiliations: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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