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Title:Crisis as Challenge: Counselling Counsellors, Persons Living with HIV/AIDS and Survivors
Author:Crowley, Michelle L.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:social work
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
AIDS (Disease)
public health
Abstract:The prevalence of the AIDS pandemic suggests that South African society will be profoundly affected by the disease. Prevention and treatment strategies will need to focus on co-factors associated with susceptibility to infection, and more specifically, on the counselling of persons with the illness, their counsellors, and the family and friends who care for and survive the person's death. The author distinguishes between reality-based concerns and transference responses for persons with HIV, and suggests that counselling these persons is supportive rather than dynamic in its focus. Various countertransference responses are identified. The author suggests that counsellors will themselves require counselling and support if their continued involvement in the counselling and care of persons with HIV is to be assured. Finally, the possibility of large-scale delayed and complicated grief reactions among the population at large is addressed, and possible intervention strategies for dealing with the pandemic in South Africa are evaluated. Bibliogr., sum.