20th March 2020

by Psychology department newseditor

This was held on Friday 13th March 2020 in CLB 101 building at Kyambogo university main campus whereby the counselling student’s body came together, and organized this workshop with the aim of ground opening new avenues of skills and employment in relation to the world of work.

Inset above; students attending the counselling workshop 2020

In an era in which information is both rampant and readily available through a variety of technology or media sources, the question “Why attend state and national counselling workshops and conferences?” is being asked more frequently. But we agree, despite the influx of technologies, physical attendance of workshops is highly still important in line with professional development.

Counseling conferences have a variety of benefits for mental health practitioners. One is the ability to learn and get continuing education credits to keep your licensure current. Equally important is networking at counseling conferences. There’s a lot you can learn outside of panels, workshops, and education sessions. Network well, as your peers are also valuable resources.

And let’s not forget, therapist burnout isn’t something you want to experience. So, you can practice some self-care while still accelerating your professional goals by adding two or three days to the front or back end of your conference schedule. You’ll have time to unwind and relax in a new location or explore until your feet hurt. You decide what type of vacation you need. Just make sure to prepare yourself for some serious networking and learning, too.

The amazing topics were counselling in the Refugee world which was facilitated by Mr Ssubi Akulla from the refugee law project, new adolescent counselling theories and practice by Mr Eric Eloru and The art of school counselling by Ms Atukunda Jeninah.

The attendance included even non-student counselors who discovered that the knowledge and skills being facilitated were fundamental to their scope of practice.

Full engagement of the attendants of the workshop organized by the counselling studets association of kyambogo university.

This workshop was climaxed by the Fight drug Abuse director ; Ms Afaayo Josephine, a clinical psychologist and Human resource expert ,who shared a context of “Employability skills needed in this 21st century by employers” together with critical life skills which was enlighting in respect to the people who attended the workshop.

Inset above: Ms Afaayo Josephine, the director of Fight Drug Abuse (FDA) giving a real life guidance to the participants

Inset above is   the patron of kyambogo University counselling students association Mr Kakinda Adrian Ivan.

The patron recommended to each of the students not just to “attend” local, state, regional and national conferences, but to “participate” in those conferences and in their organizations. He urged the participants to accept responsibilities and become actively involved. “The future of our profession and our professional organizations will be determined by our unity and commitment. I hope to see each of you [active and involved]”He added

Inset above; is the Ag. Senior University Counselor of Kyambogo University, Ms Kyosaba Winnifred stressed the importance of such workshops to students, whereby she said that they give new dimensions of the practice to the counselling trainees and recommended for further organizations of such workshops.

By the end, the University counselor, joined the patron and M Afaayo and handed over the certificates of participation to the attendants.

The association act as a major medium of communication between the Kyambogo University staff and counselling students’ body in all matters, academic, social and other issues that affect us collectively as members of the department of psychology.

It create, encourage and perpetuate a sense of togetherness amongst counselling students’ members, devise means such as films, talks, association journals and magazines, etc. By which members; Transmit ideas, facts and technological pieces of advice to the general public and young students in school hoping to join us in future, and Explain and clarify the role of counselling, technologists, technicians and related professions in nation building and national development. The very idea of being an organized community working together to solve common problems in pursuit of a common idea.

It’s also promote the mission of the Kyambogo University, nominate representatives of the association to the executive committee on which representation of the discipline is required and desirable; organize association meetings and activities, establish and maintain scales of membership fees and requirements for all members, advise on educational developments for the profession and to arrange for public lectures or continuous professional developments, promote, maintain and protect the standards of the counselling profession in Uganda, provide a channel for the collection and dissemination of information relating to the profession, and act in liaison with other professional bodies in matters of common interest.

Therefore, it’s on the above basis as to why the counselling workshop was organized.

The Organizing Committee Shared a Light Moment with the Patron-Mr Kakinda Adrian after the Workshop

By the end of the workshop, delegates were able to have the potential to engage in and develop;

  • Strong collegial ties between mental health professionals.
  • Investigate further research and models of understanding.
  • gain insight into mental health and counselling services
  • A greater understanding of best practice models in mental health and counselling services.
  • Developing trauma informed practices relevant to mental health service delivery among refugees and forced migrants.
  • Cutting edge research and development in mental health treatment methodologies

Kyambogo University counselling students association is the student’s body that bring together all counselling students trainees at different levels and its mandate is to;

To work in consultation with Kyambogo University staff (and external assistance when and where necessary) to organize and do projects and partial counselling work to train ourselves in handling and using counselling skills and our minds getting acquainted with practical technical problems. These projects are always outside the normal teaching curriculum.

To create, promote and perpetuate worthy relations between members, counselling firms, counselling bodies and organizations whose activities have significant relevance to our training and profession.

To liaise with people and personalities with expert knowledge in counselling and guidance to come and address or communicate with us to help us broaden our technical knowledge and concept.

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