Dr Meba Alphonse Kanda

Meaning centred counselling and workshops

Dr KandaAchieving holistic healing for individual and community health and peace through the search for meaning.

Personal note

“Our mortality and suffering can teach us about life and living”
Inspired by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“How we suffer and for who or what we suffer, make the difference”
Inspired by Viktor Frankl

Qualifications

  • MBChB (Lubumbashi / DRC).
  • Special Skills in Neuro-Psychiatry (Kinshasa / DRC).
  • Diplomate in Mental Health (The College of Psychiatrists of South Africa).
  • Associate in Logotherapy (UNISA, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy).
  • Diplomate Clinician in Logotherapy (Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy).
  • Honours in Anthropology (UNISA).

Experience

  • Community mental health
  • Logotherapy teaching and supervision
  • Anthropology teaching and research

Areas of Interest

  • Logotherapy and community health and peace
  • Psychosocio-cultural intervention for community health and peace

Contact details

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Oral presentations

  • August 2007: “Use of Logotherapy in a rural South African setting” by Drs MA Kanda and E Weiss at the 10th International Conference on Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology
  • July 2007: “Logotherapy: as a culturally appropriate psychotherapy in a socio-cultural African context” at The World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy
  • November 2008: “Logotherapy or meaning centered therapy as a Part of a Bio-Psycho-Social Therapeutic Approach to Alcohol and Substance Use and Abuse” at the 10th Annual Meeting for the International Society of Addiction Medicine
  • June 2009: “The use of anthropology and logotherapy in the reflexive review of psychology in Africa” at the Southern African students’ Psychology Conference
  • August 2009: “The socio-Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions in the Care of Chronic illness” at the 2009 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • August 2009: “Stress and Burnout among Rural Doctors in South Africa: A Meaning-Centered Perspective” at the 2009 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • August 2009: “Meaning-Centered Therapeutic Startegies for Rural Doctors Dealing with Chronic or Incurable Illnesses: For a Humanistic Caring and Healing ” at the 2009 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • August 2009: “Culture, Religion and Psychosis: A Case Presentation” by Drs R. Leputu, E. Weiss and MA Kanda at the 2009 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  •   August 2009: “Psychiatry for Rural Doctors: A Psychiatry Workshop” by Drs R. Leputu, E. Weiss and MA Kanda at the 2009 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • July 2010: “Negotiating the Encounter of Health Care Systems in Africa: Some Anthropological and Meaning-Orientated Therapy Insights” at the conference of the Society for the Integration of Traditional Healing into Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry (SITHCP3)
  • September 2011: “Meaning Centered Counseling for Rural Health Professionals: a bio-psychosocial orientation” at the 2011 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • September 2011: Working in a multicultural African rural context: some anthropological insights” at the 2011 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • October 2011: “Mobilizing the socio-cultural and spiritual resources of health workers and care givers for a meaningful healthy living” at the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health in Cape Town
  • October 2011: “Facing the existential challenges of HIV/AIDS with the African adventure cards for a meaningful therapeutic narrative” at the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health in Cape Town
  • September 2012: “Psychosocial distress during medical internship in a South African rural hospital” at the 2012 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • September 2012: “Becoming a medical doctor in a rural hospital: anthropological insights into the experiences of medical internship” at the 2012 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • September 2013: Socio-cultural competence: the case of one virus and many stories” at the 2013 annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa
  • March 2015: “From  Existentialism to Existential Medicine: A Logotherapy or Meaning-Centred Perspective” at the First International Logotherapy Congress in Israel

Meaningful quotes

The shaping of deeply felt values into meaningful, apposite form, is present in all communities, and will find some means of expressions among all. Dell Hymes

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