Bridging the gap between the social work profession and Orisha
School for Social Work
Orisha religion, Santeria-Psychological aspects, Babalawos, Psychology and religion, Botanica, Iyalosha, Iyalocha, BabalOcha, Babalawo, Santeria, Lucumi, Orisha
This qualitative study was conducted with the purpose of exploring how Orisha priest and priestesses dealt with issues of mental health with in their Iles and/or community. This study was made possible by the participation of seven priests and priestess, by conducting semi-open ended narrative interviews. The findings indicated that issues of mental health were present and dealt with in a number of ways by elders in the community. The results show that collaborative measure need to be supported between elders in the Santeria community and the social work profession, in order to establish culturally competent and therapeutic results to further clients in this marginalized community. Therefore, further research is needed, in order to increase the amount of limited information available to the social work profession.
Williams, Penelope, "Santeria and mental health : bridging the gap between the social work profession and Orisha" (2016). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.