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Caribbean Healing Traditions
Implications for Health and Mental Health

ISBN 9780415842334
Published July 5, 2013 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

As Caribbean communities become more international, clinicians and scholars must develop new paradigms for understanding treatment preferences and perceptions of illness. Despite evidence supporting the need for culturally appropriate care and the integration of traditional healing practices into conventional health and mental health care systems, it is unclear how such integration would function since little is known about the therapeutic interventions of Caribbean healing traditions.

Caribbean Healing Traditions: Implications for Health and Mental Health fills this gap. Drawing on the knowledge of prominent clinicians, scholars, and researchers of the Caribbean and the diaspora, these healing traditions are explored in the context of health and mental health for the first time, making Caribbean Healing Traditions an invaluable resource for students, researchers, faculty, and practitioners in the fields of nursing, counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatry, social work, youth and community development, and medicine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements  Author Biographies  Introduction  Part I: History, Philosophy and Development of Caribbean Healing Traditions  1. The History, Philosophy and Transformation of Caribbean Healing Traditions Patsy Sutherland  2. The Evolution of Caribbean Traditional Healing Practices Wendy Y. Crawford-Daniel and Jicinta M. Alexis  3. Caribbean Traditional Medicine: Legacy from the Past, Hope for the Future Arvilla Jackson  4. Herbal Medicine Practices in the Caribbean Yuri Clement  Part II: Caribbean Traditional Healing and Healers  5. Obeah: Afro-Caribbean Religious Medicine Art and Healing Nathaniel Samuel Murrell  6. Vodou Healing and Psychotherapy Ghislene Meance  7. Sango Healers and Healing in the Caribbean Stephen D. Glazier  8. La Regla De Ocha (Santería): Afro-Cuban Healing Methods in Cuba and the Diaspora Camille Hernandez-Ramdwar  9. Puerto Rican Spiritism (Espiritismo): Social Context, Healing Process and Mental Health Jesus Soto Espinosa and Joan D. Koss-Chioino  10. Revival: An Indigenous Religion and Spiritual Healing Practice in Jamaica William Wedenoja and Claudette Anderson  11. Spiritual Baptists in the Caribbean Wallace W. Zane  Part III: Spirituality, Religion and Cultural Healing  12. Christian Spirituality, Religion and Healing in the Caribbean E. Anthony Allen and Abrahim H. Khan  13. RastafarI: Cultural Healing in the Caribbean Kai A. D. Morgan  14. Hindu Healing Traditions in the Southern Caribbean: History and Praxis Keith E. McNeal, Kumar Mahabir, and Paul Younger  15. Islamic Influence in the Caribbean: Traditional and Cultural Healing Practice Abrahim H. Khan  Part IV: Traditional Healing and Conventional Health and Mental Health  16. Community Mental Health in the English-speaking Caribbean Gerard Hutchinson  17. Psychology, Spirituality and Well-Being in the Caribbean Omowale Amuleru-Marshall, Angela Gomez and Kristyn Neckles  18. Practical Magic in the US Urban Milieu: Botánicas and the Informal Networks of Healing Anahí Viladrich  19. Caribbean Traditional Healing and the Diaspora Roy Moodley and Michel’e Bertrand  Glossary  Index

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Patsy Sutherland, MEd, is a psychotherapist and PhD candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Toronto. She has authored or coauthored over fifteen peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and served as a reviewer for the Counseling Psychology Quarterly. Patsy cofounded the Society for Integrating Traditional Healing into Counseling, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry.

Roy Moodley, PhD, is associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of Toronto. He is the director for the Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has authored or edited several journal articles, book chapters and books, including Outside the Sentence and Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context.

Barry Chevannes, PhD, was emeritus professor of social anthropology at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He authored three books, one edited collection, and scores of articles on the Rastafari and Revival religions, male socialization, and culture. A public scholar, he served as chair of the Institute of Jamaica, the National Ganja Commission, and the Jamaica Justice System Reform Task Force.


"An informative book ... Summing Up: Recommended."

D. Harper, University of Rochester, in CHOICE, January 2014

"This book is a MUST for counselors, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners. It contributes significantly to the literature on indigenous cultural knowledge systems, especially in terms of conceptualization, treatment preferences, and help-seeking and acceptance behaviors among people of Caribbean cultural upbringing."

Olaniyi Bojuwoye, PhD, department of educational psychology, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

"Responding to the intermingling of Amerindian, African, European, and Indian cultures, Caribbean societies have produced a rich variety of indigenous healing traditions. For the first time, we now have a much-needed overview of such belief systems and practices, which continue to shape the health-related behavior of Caribbeans living either at home or in the diaspora."

Uwe P. Gielen, PhD, director, Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology, St. Francis College

"Wonderfully organized and thoughtfully constructed, this formative, comprehensive, engaging book will be a major resource for understanding the complexities of traditional healing practices in the Caribbean basin, especially those associated with mental health. With a wealth of interesting material and a clear writing style, anyone who delves deeply into these chapters will emerge as a more informed student and practitioner."

Joseph E. Trimble, PhD, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Western Washington University