Monitor on Psychology - September 2011 - (Page 99)

Personalities suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually, his trainees will train With only two psychologists and six psychiatrists to and supervise other mental health workers, so that serve its 42 million residents, the East African nation psychological tools are made available as widely as of Tanzania — which faces poverty, inadequate access possible. to education and health care and growing rates of Abdulrehman’s HIV/AIDS, among work is made other problems — possible in part has barely been by a nonprofit able to make a dent organization he in its mental health helped to found, needs. HumanTree Thanks (, to Rehman where artists and Abdulrehman, PhD, photographers that is starting to — including change. Abdulrehman “Bringing himself, who’s an psychology award-winning to bear on the photographer mental health — donate their problems of the work. Anyone can Tanzanian people Rehman Abdulrehman, PhD (in blue) and Nadiah Sidik, a public health expert purchase it, and all is something I’ve (to his left, in green), with children at an orphanage in Tanzania. profits go directly wanted to do for a to charitable work, including Abdulrehman’s work in long time,” says Abdulrehman, who left the country Tanzania. Funds from the organization have provided when he was 7 and is now an assistant professor in modest salaries for the orphanage’s caregivers; the department of clinical health psychology at the provided transportation so the psychology trainees University of Manitoba’s faculty of medicine. “To can work at the orphanage; and sponsored a book watch it come to fruition is a dream come true.” drive that will bring psychology and psychiatry Abdulrehman is working on several fronts to textbooks into Tanzania, an effort run by HumanTree’s make that happen. For one, he is teaching the firstcofounder and one of Abdulrehman’s brothers. ever program in clinical psychology at the Muhimbili For Abdulrehman, the work is a remarkable University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar opportunity to give back to his country of origin and es Salaam, which houses the largest hospital in to people in need. “My parents left Tanzania because Tanzania. He just finished Tanzania’s first cognitive they wanted a better education for my brothers and behavioral group therapy program, targeted to me,” he says. “And now, ironically, I’m going back to men with anxiety disorders, and is planning similar help educate psychology students and to disseminate programs for women with anxiety disorders, adults some of the wonderful tools that our field offers.” with depression and children. — T. DeAngelis In addition, he and his seven psychology trainees — most of them natives of Tanzania who left jobs in government and academe to pursue the doctoralTo view a slide show of Abdulrehman’s photos of level degree — are working at a local orphanage Tanzania, click here. to assess and treat former street children who September 2011 • monitor on pSychology 99 Bringing psychology back home

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Monitor on Psychology - September 2011

Monitor on Psychology - September 2011
President’s Column
From the CEO
Supreme Court hears psychologists on prison and video game cases
Antipsychotics are overprescribed in nursing homes
New MCAT likely to recognize the mind-body connection
A $2 million boost for military and families
In Brief
On Your Behalf
Judicial Notebook
Random Sample
Speaking of Education
An uncertain future for American workers
Advocating for psychotherapy
Seared in our memories
Helping kids cope in an uncertain world
APA and Nickelodeon team up
Muslims in America, post 9/11
Bin Laden’s death
‘They expect us to be there’
Answering the call of public policy
Candidates answer final questions
APA News
Division Spotlight
New leaders
Disaster relief training
Honoring teaching excellence

Monitor on Psychology - September 2011