The spirit of Ubuntu – that profound African sense that we are human only through the humanity of other human beings – is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world.” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Following the historical struggles for liberation and justice, as well as democratisation and transformation of our society (and psychology associations in South Africa), there has been a pressing need and desire for a depth inward reflection into the ideology underpinning the discipline of psychology; an intellectual imperative to audaciously address the conceptual landscape of psychology, namely the Eurocentric ideology which seeks to universalise experience through the lenses of one type of human reality. Realising this moral and epistemologically injustice, the Forum of African Psychology (FAP) was launched in 2010, promising to proactively advance Afrocentric psychology, reflecting African realities and philosophy. FAP is in pursuit of an authentic Afrocentric pedagogic approach in knowledge acquisition/training, research and practice.
To adopt and infuse indigenous knowledge systems and paradigms into our understanding and practice of psychology.
To respond to national and regional crises and challenges requiring a coordinated psychological response
To provide coordinated psychological support to accredited organisations that train and work with lay counsellors for them to develop effective African-centred solutions
To initiate and make accessible psychological programmes that will meet the needs of disadvantaged and underdeveloped communities
To conduct African-centred research and to disseminate the results through relevant platforms such as accredited journals, newsletters, and conferences
To act as consultants to academic institutions on the training and application of psychology.
To develop programmes to support psychology professionals in training
Meet the Current Executive Committee (EXCO) Members
In Private Practice
Dr Mandu Selepe
Clinical Pyschology University of Kwazulu-Natal
Ms. Lerato Sharon Pule
Post Intern Clinical Psychologist University of South Africa
Mr Tshemba Trust Manzini
MSc Clinical psychologist
UKZN, Pietermaritzburg Camp
In Private Practice
Mrs Tshimangadzo Muhadisa
BA Hons Univen,MA Clin Unisa