November 8, 2012
Renowned Psychologist, Dr. Mwiti to Speak at Houghton
Dr. Gladys Mwiti, a clinical psychologist and the CEO and founder of Oasis Africa, will be visiting Houghton College and surrounding areas from Tuesday, November 13, to Sunday, November 18. She will be on Houghton’s campus on November 14 and 16 where she will be speaking to students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Mwiti is a published author in various journals, and has authored five books. She is the current chairperson of the Kenya Psychological Association, interim chairperson of the Kenya Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a member of the board of trustees for the Kenya Methodist University, a member of the American Psychological Association, and member of the board of directors for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In recognition of her work, Dr. Mwiti has received several international awards.
“Dr. Mwiti’s record training counselors to help survivors of horrible trauma stands alone in the world,” commented Paul Young, chair of the department of psychology and sociology at Houghton College. “Dr. Mwiti’s presentations will present an effective model for using psychology to minister to human need.
In 1990, Dr. Mwiti, together with her husband Dr. Gershon, founded Oasis Africa, a pan-African professional counseling and leadership training organization. It was born out of a vision of providing professional counseling, research and publishing, as well as training of counselors and leadership development across Africa. Working from a preventive grassroots-oriented holistic approach, the organization incorporates training of workers with orphans and vulnerable children, youth counselors, HIV and AIDS trainers, institution and community-based lay counselors, trauma counselors, and leaders in both public and private sector.
“In a time of complex and multi-directional globalization and mission, God is raising up prophetic and healing agents of the Kingdom, and Dr. Mwiti is certainly one of them,” Dr, Rev. Bob Tice, RiverRock Church, Buffalo NY.
Other key programs of Oasis Africa include trauma counseling training and coordination in both Rwanda post-1994 genocide and Nairobi post-1998 U.S.A. Embassy bombing, and empowering the church and community to respond to the emotional trauma of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.
Dr. Mwiti obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif; a master’s degree in Christian leadership from the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminaries with an emphasis in integration studies; a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from the United States International University, Nairobi; and an Approved Diploma in Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
Aside from her time at Houghton, Dr. Mwiti will also speak at the University of Rochester on November 15, train Jericho Road Family Ministries staff in trauma counseling on November 17, and visit the Church of RiverRock in Buffalo on November 18.
To learn more about Oasis Africa, visit: http://www.oasisafrica.co.ke/index.php