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Wednesday22 August 2018

Oasis Africa - News and Updates

African wise sayings come in handy in modern day parenting

When two Cabinet Secretaries brave the morning chill to officiate at a 7am book launch, that is a statement on the importance they attach to the publication.

That was the case on Friday, July 29, when Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i and his Lands counterpart, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, spoke at the launch of clinical psychologist Gladys Mwiti’s book, Parenting With Purpose & African Wisdom.

The 278-page product of Arba Publications could not be more timely, as Prof Kaimenyi took the opportunity to address rampant unrest in schools when he introduced, Dr Matiang’i, the guest of honour. He debunked the opinion that Dr Matiang’i’s crackdown on cheating cartels in the education sector was the cause of unrest in schools that has seen more than 100 schools torched.

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Oasis Africa Trains Participants on PFA/SPR

Oasis Africa saw twenty four (24) Psychologists and Counsellors undergo Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) training. Dr. Gladys Mwiti, Consulting Clinical Psychologist &CEO of Oasis Africa took this team through PFA while Dr. Oscar Githua, Forensic Psychologist trained the group on SPR.

The training that took place on 4th June 2016 focused on equipping the participants with skills that they could apply in their various areas of specialization and also to the general population given the many traumatic occurrences all over the country.

Psychological First Aid is an evidence- informed modular approach to people in all stages of development in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. It is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long- term adaptive functioning and coping.

Skills for Psychological Recovery is an evidence-informed modular approach to help individuals and families in the weeks and months following disaster and trauma, after the period where Psychological First Aid (PFA) has been utilized or when more intensive intervention than PFA is needed.

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Kenya Mental Health Policy

Kenya has obtained a milestone in Mental Health.

Oasis Africa is glad to announce that on Tuesday May 17, the Ministry of Health invited Oasis Africa among other stakeholders to attend the launching of the Kenya Mental Health Policy at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi. Dr. Gladys Mwiti represented Oasis Africa as well as Kenya Psychological Association (KPA).

Over the past several years, Oasis Africa and KPA were involved all along in writing stage the policy alongside other groups. It is good to see the fruit of this journey.

Among the chief guests at the launch was Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. C. Maillu and WHO Country Rep. Dr. Custodia Mandhlate. She has been a major champion in the completion of the Policy. The attendance was very good. Kenya Psychiatrists Association was also represented and the need for psychologists to work closely with psychiatrists emphasized.

Another milestone is that Kenya's Ministry of Health is busy As with the formation of the Board of Counseling & Psychology.

The Kenya Mental Health Policy will be a guiding document on the engagement of Psychologists in the mental health of this Nation through the Ministry of Health.

Download KENYA MENTAL HEALTH POLICY (PDF)

Here is a copy for those engaged in mental health for Kenya as well as friends and well-wishers. Please, refer the document to others who might need to know what the future services of mental health in Kenya will entail. Of particular note is the multidisciplinary multi-leveled grassroots oriented and preventive approach that many of us have desired to see Kenya adopt.

Gladys K. Mwiti, PhD Founder & CEO Oasis Africa Center for Transformational Psychology & Trauma

Launch of Africa Study Bible - Sharing Good News from Oasis Africa

Dr. Gladys Mwiti has been part of this amazing journey -- the writing and launch of the Africa Study Bible.

Finally, after many years of hard work, Oasis International is announcing the launch of this Bible sometime this year. Dr. Gladys Mwiti was requested to serve on the writing Committee several years ago. A large group of writers have worked hard to write articles that address African issues and discuss the same within the Bible.

Please pass the word around - Africa Study Bible is HERE!

Read the attached announcement herein (pdf)

Employee Assistance Program Profile/Staff Wellness Program

Why do companies need Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)/Employee Wellness programs? Worldwide, many companies have realized that employee personal problems can and do adversely impact organizational productivity as well as mar the corporate image. We believe that strengthening an employee’s ability to cope with life challenges and work-related stress as well as enriching individual lives is not only the mandate of every Employer but is also an indirect critical investment for the company

Detailed Profile [pdf]