Parenting with Purpose and African Wisdom – Dr. Gladys K. Mwiti


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Parenting with Purpose & African Wisdom – Gladys K. Mwiti

About Dr. Mwiti

Gladys K. Mwiti, PhD is a Consulting Clinical Psychologist, Founder and CEO Oasis Africa Center for Transformational Psychology & Trauma. She is a published author and public speaker. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA in the USA; a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership from Fuller’s Graduate School of Theology; a Masters Degree Counselling Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Psychology both from the United States International University, Africa in Nairobi; and an Approved Diploma in Education from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

In 1990, together with her husband Dr. Gershon Mwiti, Leadership Consultant, she founded Oasis Africa Centre for Transformational Psychology & Trauma, a pan-African professional organization that is shaping counseling and psychology in Kenya and the region. Their Oasis Africa psychology clinic serves many needy clients. They also have an active training program in applied transformational psychology and applied leadership for organisations, companies and churches.

Besides journal articles, Dr. Gladys Mwiti has authored five books. She is the current Chairperson of the Kenya Psychological Association (KPA); Chairperson of the Kenya Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; member of the Board of Trustees for the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU); member of the American Psychological Association (APA); Member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS); Laussane Movement Co-Chair for Global Mental Health and Trauma Response; Chair of Council, Cooperative University of Kenya; and member, Executive Committee for the Association of Governing Councils for Kenyan Universities and University Colleges.

In recognition of her work, Dr. Mwiti has received several International Awards, the latest being the February 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award by Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology. She is married to Dr. Gershon Mwiti, a Leadership Consultant, CEO and Founder, Leadership Institute of Kenya (LIKA). They have four young adults.

There is a need for books on upbringing and parenthood, especially books which do not simply hand out problem-oriented advice. Gladys Mwiti’s “Parenting with Purpose and African Wisdom” is a book of this special quality, opens up a wide space for parents and children, and bears all the signs of her professional, scientific and also human competence.

As a European, I was of course excited and curious about what I could learn here from “African Wisdom”. A great deal! Not only the typical proverbs at the beginning of each chapter: the whole book breathes Africa, family and far-sightedness. That is very good! I will recommend the book in Europe. Looking beyond one’s own garden fence is something we need.

Werner May, President of the European Movement for Christian Anthropology, Psychology and Psychotherapy and the Publisher of the Free e-Journal Christian Psychology Around The World.


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