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Caribbean Healing Traditions

Implications for Health and Mental Health, 1st Edition

Edited by Patsy Sutherland, Roy Moodley, Barry Chevannes


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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.


"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

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

About the Editors

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. Hehas 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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health