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Panzi Hospital was founded in 1999 by Dr. Denis Mukwege. Since then, it has an average of 250 patients a month who are survivors of sexual violence and others suffering from fistula due to giving birth in bad conditions subsequent to different wars and generalized poverty in rural areas. The psychosocial management programme is done by a group of 3 psychologists and 9 psychosocial assistants. This number is insufficient for a good management of this service. The psychologists and other professionals who work in the structures of taking care of all sorts of violence in Bukavu city and its neighbourhoods have a pressing need of an enhenced and structured training for better responding to all sorts of trauma whose consequences will affect many generations.
GOAL, OBJECTIVE AND VISION OF THE PROGRAMME
The Evangelical University in Africa has decided to offer a training of highly qualified clinician psychologists, in collaboration with the Hospital of Panzi as principal place of practice and with all the other institutions offering the most adequate possible response to female survivors of violence of any sort. That is why it has just created within the Faculty of Medicine and Community Health a department of Clinical Psychology.
Goal of the programme
This programme leans on:
The objective of Clinical Psychology Programme is to make students acquire a high theoretical and practical professional competence, especially those who are involved in the psychology training and who desire to work in the domain of clinical psychology, psychology and psycho-therapy, in the particular context of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Specific objectives pursued by the Programme
Vision of the programme
The programme aims at promoting development, bio-psychosocial well-being of human being and the mental health of the people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These people are heirs of tortured history, diversified culture, a society which is economically in transition, and political structures which are in search of stability 50 years after independence.
The teaching programme targets to form a high standard psychologist-clinician who is able to act as a contributor to the methods of examination and up-to-date psychological assistance, a competent interlocutor in a multidisciplinary team, a professional as well as researcher who is capable of thinking about their his practice in a particular sociocultural context and share this through scientific publications at an international level.
At the very beginning, the Department of Clinical Psychology will benefit from a support from some European Universities (Stockholm, Paris VIII…) and from some other competences existing in the universities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo such as the Universities of Kinshasa and Lubumbashi even from the universities of the Great Lakes region. The Evangelical University in Africa must design, as quickly as possible, a training programme for professors of Clinical Psychology which matches the high leadership to which the University aspires in this domain.