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Certainly Africa, as the arena of many violent wars and revolutions has had its fair share of violent acts that has required the need for counselling to help survivors cope with the legacy of what they have endured. In addition, as other editors point out, the high levels of HIV also mean that there are other counselling needs.
Much of the "counseling" given on television is pseudo-therapy, designed to instill a false sense of relief while not solving any actual problems. I'd advise caution in taking television counselers to heart.
As far as Africa specifically, there appear to be many outreach programs from other countries, as well as HIV counseling offered by the South African government.
Counseling has become increasingly common in the United States. Counseling is now often available in schools and in colleges and even in the workplace. Counseling of some sort is even sometimes available through the media (I am thinking of Dr. Phil). Counseling is even available in book form, as the popularity of "self-help" books indicates.
I am not sure what you mean by mandate, but it is part of our culture as people to counsel each other, regardless of race. When we see someone in need, we reach out. This might be more true among cultures in Africa, as so many great sayings have come from African proverbs like "It takes a village to raise a child."
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