Mental Health Counseling in Haiti: Historical Overview, Current Status, and Plans for the Future

Guerda Nicolas, Ronald Jean-Jacques, Anna Wheatley

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Abstract

Since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, all eyes have been on Haiti. In particular, with the influx of foreign psychological and psychosocial efforts, the country's mental health infrastructure has been under scrutiny. In the context of a strong familial, community, and religious social fabric, the field of formal mental health services, including counseling, is not as strongly developed as in the United States, or other Westernized countries. In the wake of the earthquake, however, service providers in Haiti within the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and social work are moving toward increased organization and structural cohesiveness. This report provides an overview of historical foundations, current context, and future implications surrounding the state of counseling in Haiti.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-519
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • counseling
  • Haiti
  • mental health
  • policy
  • psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Anthropology

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