IAC Member Associations & Organizations
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Additional Counselling Associations & Organizations
Association of Guidance Counselors of Cameroon
Cameroon Association of Counsellors in Home Economics
Universities & Training Institutes
IAC Education Institute Members
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Additional Education Institutes
- Programme Types: Certificate in Psychology, Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology, Master’s in Applied Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology
Saint Monica University
- Programme Types: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Kesmonds International University
- Programme Types: Certificate in Psychology, Diploma in Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology, Master’s in Applied Psychology, Doctor of Psychology
University of Buea
- Programme Types: Bachelor of Educational Psychology, Master of Educational Psychology, PhD of Educational Psychology
Counselling Agencies, Services, Group Practices & Centres
IAC Member Centres/Group Practices
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Additional Centres/Group Practices
Centre de Psychologie Clinique RAPHA
Background & Context
Psychology is only this year (1998) being made an autonomous discipline in one of the six universities in Cameroon. This is the University of Yaounde l. The First University of Cameroon created in 1961 was modelled on the Old French system, where psychology was seen only in the context of philosophy. Through informal discussions with prominent university professor, it was evident that psychology never had a department or a section in those early days. In Cameroon, psychology is offered as a course in teacher training colleges since their inception in 1916. The course constituted Child Development, Child Study and aspects of educational psychology. These courses allowed student teachers to identify relevant aspects necessary to understand the growing child in the learning context. In addition, even though there is no specific history of psychology in Cameroon, psychological attributes and constructs are evident in everyday activities, in the lives of Cameroonians.
Regulatory Status / Level of Recognition
One remarkable feature of the psychology scene in Cameroon is its low-priority status in academic institutions. Mental health is not a part of primary health care system. There is no community care facilities for patients with mental disorders. In addition, even if political and budget programmes are present, the plans in mental health are very slow to activate because of the low priority, which leads to ineffective use of even existing human resources and capacities.
Non-profit organizations are involved with mental health in the country. They are mainly involved in promotion and prevention. Psychologists get training in clinical psychology while working. Some psychologists in the private sector carry out counselling.
Challenges & Trends
There is not much articles reported about the challenges that faced by Cameroon.
Additional Information & References
For a deeper exploration of the counselling profession in the country, interested readers are recommended to read the following journal articles:
- Nsamenang, A. (2013). Cameroon Black Psychologists. Journal Of Black Psychology, 39(3), 307-310. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798413480662