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KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY COUNSELLING STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (KYUCSA) PULLS OFF A WONDERFUL COUNSELLING WORKSHOP

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.


A message from the head of Kyambogo University, psychology department: Congratulations, Class of 2019!

To the Psychology graduates of the Class of 2019,

This is YOUR day. We applaud you, we honor you and we stand with you during this momentous time.

Today we recognize the accomplishments of the undergraduate, graduate students in the department of Psychology of Kyambogo University. Your dedicated pursuit and successful attainment of your respective degrees will allow you to make a difference in the health and well-being of our region as future practitioners, counselors, educators, researchers and leaders.

You made it! You persevered through the years, studied dutifully, spent countless hours at internships or clinicals, put it many late nights and early mornings. You may have even balanced academics with both family and/or work life, but you made it and are now sitting

Change: A simple definition of change is “to become different”. During the past few years you have made choices that will have a huge impact on your future. YOU have changed. Your experiences while at Kyambogo University have altered your perceptions about the world and about yourself. Your experiences will continue to be the lens in which you see the world. Many changes have occurred in your personal and academic endeavors and that’s simply a part of life. Change will always be around the corner. It transcends you, builds you and most of all – helps you grow.

Inclusion: What makes psychology department exceptional are the bonds that hold together one of the most diverse campuses in our nation. And, in the words of Vice chancellor Prof. Elly Katunguka, “Our University derives strength from the diversity of its population and from its commitment to equal opportunity for all. We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”

As a future health and human service professional, inclusion is something you will embrace wholeheartedly, as the ones you will go on to serve will come from all walks of life.

Responsibility:  Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds. Prepare yourself to make a bold difference in your profession and in the lives of those you have chosen to serve.

And, as we reflect today lets be reminded of those who have been our rainbows in the clouds – those who have guided you along the way and supported you throughout your journey. This day also serves to honor them – family members, friends and other loved ones. Those who have lifted you up and on whose shoulders you stand tall. To those who surround us in rainbows of love and friendship, we give you our highest gratitude.

Graduates, you have been well-equipped by your department and faculty at large ,a faculty who are leaders and researchers, who are recognized for excellence in teaching, and whose dedication, hard work, and passion have guided you to this day. To the faculty, staff and administration of the department of psychology, we say “thank you”.

Graduates, as you go forth as members of psychology Kyambogo University 16th graduating class, and alums of the department of psychology, be proud of your individual and collective accomplishments. When you leave here today, you will represent the department as alumni who will make a difference and truly impact our region in critical ways. Know that your alma mater and your faculty and staff are so very proud of you. And perhaps more importantly, please know that we are all counting on you to help create a thriving, mental health region, bringing to life our university motto, “Knowledge and skills for service.”

For the impactful contributions and the difference we know you will make in our region and beyond, we say “thank you” class of 2019.

Congratulations to each and every one of you.

Thank you.

Henry Kibedi, PhD

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY


Group vs. Individual Supervision

Category : Students' Articles

BY KAKINDA ADRIAN IVAN

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

INTERNSHIP TOOLS

INTERNSHIP SUPERVISION FORMATS

Most licensing boards allow both individual and group supervision, with varying rules with regard to frequency, number of group members, etc. Some supervisors don’t offer a choice in how they structure supervision, and even if they do, is one modality preferred over the other? The pros of each are listed below.

INSET ABOVE; KAKINDA ADRIAN IVAN A STAFF OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Pros of Individual Supervision

  • The attention is all focused on you
  • You get more time to discuss your cases
  • Some interns might not feel comfortable discussing their cases in front of others
  • Some interns might not feel comfortable discussing their reactions to their clients in front of others

Pros of Group Supervision

  • It is likely whatever others are dealing with, will apply to you and your cases to some degree either now or in the future
  • Getting other people’s perspectives can be helpful
  • Having a community of others in the same point of their career can be comforting
  • You can see how other interns are struggling with the same issues you are

Many supervisors choose a mix of both formats, which generally allow enough individual time and allow the benefits of the group dynamic as well. With regard to the pros and cons of each and how they should be navigated, it is up to the supervisor to consider all of these dynamics to make either individual or group supervision as enriching an experience as possible.


Dr. Ali Ayub Baguwemu to Bid Farewell from headship of department of Psychology, Kyambogo University

26/November/2019

By Kakinda Adrian

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

This 28th November, 2019 will be the last day for Dr Ali Ayub Baguwemu’s stint at the helm of the psychology department of Kyambogo University which he assumed in 2015 up to date.

Inset above : DR ALI AYUB BAGUWEMU, OUTGOING HEAD OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Dr Ali joined Kyambogo University service in 1994 as ITEK, crossed to UNISE in 1996, and then joined kyambogo university department of psychology with a merger in 2003, thus enjoying 25 years of service.

Apart from teaching and heading a department, Ali Baguwemu has served on numerous committees at Kyambogo University and for many years he held the position of head of department. Dr. Ali joined the department of psychology in 2012, and has led the department through a major reorganization. The department’s accomplishments under his leadership include the successful launch of the PhD in educational psychology, which will graduate the first PhD degree recipient in December of next year. The department also underwent a major revision of its master’s programs to include the new master of counselling psychology and master of organizational psychology, which prepares students for many clinical, counselling and research career opportunities arising from healthcare transformation.

Inset above: DR ALI (RIGHT) sharing a moment with Professor Elegbeleye (left)

Dr. Ali received his BA in education in 1985 from Makerere University, his MS in educational psychology specialty in 1992 from Makerere University, and his PhD in educational psychology in 2010 from Makerere University. In addition to his position as head of psychology department at Kyambogo university, Dr. Ali has had a distinguished career including as the Kyambogo university council member (2012-2016), Editor of African journal of special needs education for five years, chairman and national secretary of Uganda Ahmaddiyah Muslim association education scholarships as an active researcher and author, and as licensed educational psychologist with extensive experience in therapy and assessment.

Ali’s career achievements reflect his interest in research, particularly in the fields of the psychology of religion, social psychology employment of people with disability and children with disabilities and experimental psychology. His research has been published numerous times in a variety of academic journals and he plans to continue this type of work in his retirement. “I hope to do writing in the areas of psychology of people with disabilities and philosophy of education. I also plan to continue my mentoring of young academicians,” Ali said.

 “It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as head of psychology department,” Ali said. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard, what we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from”. Ali added. He says that he has enjoyed the support of the colleagues

The department houses an outstanding and five academically rigorous and internationally competitive programs, along with an innovative clinic and internship program. Kyambogo University psychology students are truly a joy to work with and give meaning to our joint endeavors. I have grown to care deeply for my psychology department colleagues and students and will miss them profoundly. I leave sadly, yet with the joyful knowledge that I made a difference.”

The students Dr Ali has taught are perhaps his greatest source of pride. “I am proud of where our graduates serve today. Collectively psychology graduates are doing many wonderfully impressive things,” he said.

Professor of Psychology James Kagaari, who has been a colleague of Dr Ali for 25 years, said of him, “He’s one of a kind and will never be replaced.” James named one of Ali’s major contributions as “helping the Psychology Department get to a point where we have an impressive record in terms of getting students into grad school.” More than 95 percent of psychology graduates who apply are accepted.

His biggest dream is to see the department becoming a school, training and doing extensive research to uphold the mission and vision of Kyambogo University and has left a well-designed plan for the next head of department. Dr Henry Kibedi, an organizational psychology specialist is the next head of department for a period of four years.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Established in 2002, our department has had a long and successful history with many psychologists contributing to its success since its beginnings. The Department of Psychology is one of seven academic units in the Faculty of Education.

Great effort is expended in developing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We desire that these students be equipped with the knowledge and methods that will place them at the forefront of progress in the psychological disciplines as we enter the twenty-first century.

With the vision of being an internationally recognised as a centre of learning and research that advances knowledge, addresses contemporary social issues and improves people’s lives and behaviours and a mission of training practical professionals to transform communities and organizations through restructuring, rehabilitation and consultative research in areas of psychology, clinical, counseling, mentoring, organizational and community development in line with Kyambogo University mission.

FAREWELL MESSAGES

“We will miss Dr. Ali’ strong leadership in the department of psychology,” said Ag. University counselor MS Winnifred kyosaba. “I want to express my deep gratitude for all that he has accomplished during her tenure as the head, and I look forward to his continued work with our students and faculty on a part-time basis through the subsequent academic years to come.”

 “I don’t know how you say good-bye to whom and what you love. I don’t know a painless way to do it, don’t know the words to capture a heart so full and a longing so intense.”
― 
prof Chalmer Thompson

“It was so painful to here about your retirement. You have  been an  inspiring, cheerful thoughtful, generous, proactive and devoted professor thus thank you for all the years of unselfish service to our great country, Kyambogo university in particular. The knowledge and skills you have imparted in us are a treasure that will forever remain in our minds and we promise to pass it on to the next generation . Retirement from work is not retirement from life , may God give  you the strength and wisdom to  continue with the good work you are known for.May you find success wherever you go and enjoy your retirement. Farewell!!!!”-Nabatanda Gloria, counselling student

” I wish that you have many, many more days to spend with us. You are a special person to all of us, we love you and we will greatly miss your words of wisdom and encouragement. Goodbye! ” Ms Kirabo Nakasiiita Nkambwe,Assistant lecturer- department of psychology

” Not only have I enjoyed working with you; I have also gained experience on how to build a good reputation, be loyal and stand by our family, friends and country. Farewell and good luck! ” Mr Barugahare Vicent, Examinations cordinator

“Congratulations on your retirement! Thank you for all the years of unselfish service to our great country and for leading by example. May you continue to find success wherever you may find yourself. Goodbye my great mentor! ” Ms Nakanwagi Carol

” It’s indeed a great pleasure to share this special time with you. You are a tower of strength and knowledge. If the world can have more people like you, indeed the world would be a much better place to make a living. We are who we are today, much to your efforts in a team and as a leader. Goodbye and hope to see you again! ” Dr Nathaniel Mayengo

” The knowledge you have imparted is a treasure that will forever remain in my heart and I promise to pass it on to my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. May God grant you all your wishes as you move! ” Mr Kakinda Adrian Ivan


NABATANDA GLORIA: A Story of Social Anxiety Disorder

Wondering if it’s real!!!!!!!!

Behind every person is a sad story. Mine may not be that sad but it was painful to me by then. I remember the days when I could not stand in front of a group of even three individual’s uuuhm!! It was a terrific moment in the life of a teenager who felt worthless, uncomfortable and hated herself .I could not say anything even when I had great ideas. When someone talks about it, I know what it feels

PRESENTING A PAPER TO THE AUDIENCE ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

like to be in a situation that you don’t understand. It put me in the situation of admiring and envying other fellow teenagers who would express themselves easily. Social anxiety is real, most of us confuse it with shyness.

The turning point of my life was during a leadership training when the speaker of the day told me to stand up and say something because I had been quite the whole day. Oh my God! I know you can’t imagine what happened but let me spill the beans.

INSET ABOVE; NABATANDA GLORIA ,THE AUTHOR AND COUNSELLING STUDENT

When the gentleman shouted my name I wished the wall could have swallow me up, I felt like urinating in my pants, my heart beat like it was to pop out. Well with all that, I stepped on the front to speak, guess what! It was the first time to stand up and speak in front of more than three people. With trembling lips, shaking body , sweaty palms I managed to say thank you for the great words you have shared with us today  in a very low tone voice .

“I felt extremely isolated from my friends and family because I couldn’t explain to them what I was feeling. I had no idea what was wrong with me.”

Unfortunately after those few words, the left upper lip got swollen and I developed fever and it’s from that day that I made a choice to deal with what I was not understanding but it was eating me up, it was like cancer to my life stopping me from achieving my goals and being the best person I wanted to be. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity, what if I decided to stay seated who knows may be it was the time for change may be it could now be a disorder known as social anxiety disorder. “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life”. Louise Hay.

Fortunately for Gloria, a good friend suggested that she sees a therapist. “When I first met Gloria, she could hardly look me in the eye,” said Enock, the therapist who diagnosed her and started her treatment program. “Like most people with this condition, Gloria thought she was just shy or strange, but it was clear to me that her anxiety was debilitating, which is very different than shyness. Luckily, social anxiety disorder is highly treatable.”

NABATANDA GLORIA LEFT AFTER RECEIVING A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION AFTER A LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Complications

Left untreated, social anxiety disorder can run your life. Anxieties can interfere with work, school, relationships or enjoyment of life. Social anxiety disorder can cause:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble being assertive
  • Negative self-talk
  • Hypersensitivity to criticism
  • Poor social skills
  • Isolation and difficult social relationships
  • Low academic and employment achievement
  • Substance abuse, such as drinking too much alcohol
  • Suicide or suicide attempts

Prevention

There’s no way to predict what will cause someone to develop an anxiety disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you’re anxious:

  • Get help early. Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if you wait.
  • Keep a journal. Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health professional identify what’s causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.
  • Prioritize issues in your life. You can reduce anxiety by carefully managing your time and energy. Make sure that you spend time doing things you enjoy.
  • Avoid unhealthy substance use. Alcohol and drug use and even caffeine or nicotine use can cause or worsen anxiety. If you’re addicted to any of these substances, quitting can make you anxious. If you can’t quit on your own, see your doctor or find a treatment program or support group to help you.

Social Anxiety disorder is treatable,let’s seek counselling and we break the social phobia jinx

GLORIA NABATANDA

COUNSELLING STUDENT, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

0785 437107 Email: Nabatandagloria@gmail.com


LET ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH BE A PRIORITY

WRITES JOAN ZAWEDDE

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING STUDENT- KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

“Health does not always come from medicine. Most of the time. It comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace in the soul. It comes from laughter and love”- Joan Zawedde

IN SET ABOVE: JOAN ZAWEDDE, A COUNSELLING STUDENT OF KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Adolescents are individuals between the ages of 10 to 19 where they begin to transition from childhood to adulthood. A weird acting adolescent may be termed as one that has a mental problem, meaning that his/her mental health is not okay. Mental health is the absence of mental illness. A mental illness is a condition that disrupts one’s thinking, feeling and ability to interact with others.

Most adolescents do not suffer from any mental illness because this is the most active stage of a human being, where development occurs on a high rate. The adolescent stage is where pubic hair starts to develop, breasts, hips and fair skin amongst girls starts to develop while in boys the masculine body and deep voice starts to emerge. Mental illness however, can affect all this kind of development. A girl’s menstrual period may be affected, and for the boys, their masculinity may not emerge. However, WHO states that 10-20% of adolescents experience mental disorders due to factors like poverty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, social media (cyber bullying), and separation of parents among others.

In our community, about 66% of adolescents face sexual abuse from close relatives and friends, and they are always terrified to report this kind of abuse to their parents or the police. This affects them psychologically and they start having depression, post-traumatic symptoms, hating themselves, some resort to abusing drugs like marijuana, some start acting in ways that are abnormal for example constant isolation, self-harm, or extreme short temperedness. We always rush to say they are abnormal or weird without getting to know the bottom of the story most times. Domestic violence between the parents of an adolescent can greatly torture him/her psychologically though most parents don’t think about this. About 65% of adolescents suffer from this kind of abuse and they always develop feelings of guilt, thinking he/she is the major cause of misunderstandings between his/her parents, depression, lack of interest in school, emotional numbing, and anxiety towards the parent that’s more violent. At times such experiences cause one to become a homosexual.

MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT RECEIVES A VISIT IN BUTABIIKA REFERRAL HOSPITAL

Mental health in adolescents is very vital though it is not taken as a serious issue yet mental illness in adolescents if untreated can cause disability because it greatly disrupts growth, education, development and potential of living a good life like changes in sleep patterns(insomnia or parasomnia), changes in appetite, concentration, and energy level. Adolescents with mental illness are prone to challenges like diseases, stigma, isolation, and discrimination therefore lacking access to health care and sometimes even education. Adolescents with mental illness can easily resort to dropping out of school, early and unsafe pregnancy, self-harm, suicide, HIV/AIDs, lack of interest in hobbies, changes in school grades, disinterest in friends, violence(out-of-character irritability), and alcoholism or drug abuse.

It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.” Kakinda Adrian

Common types of mental illnesses in adolescents include;

Anxiety disorders characterized by excessive fear, worry, and uneasiness. Anxiety disorders also are characterized by post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) where the individual suffers from stress from a past traumatic experience, generalized anxiety where the individual is always in constant worry about everyday matters, social anxiety; the individual is too afraid of being around other people, panic attacks where the individual experiences an abrupt surge of intense fear for some minutes characterized by sweating, shaking, smothering, among others, obsessive-compulsive disorder involves consistent obsessions like sexual obsessions, cleaning obsessions, religious obsessions among others and phobias, extreme fear for something. And this occurs in nearly 32% of adolescents’ aged 13-18 years.

Eating disorders; this is characterized by excessive eating or abnormal eating behaviors. While some parents may think the child is having an appetite, it is important to notice that the child’s behavior isn’t normal and seek help. Examples of eating disorders include binge eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Almost 3% of the adolescents experience this type of disorder from the ages 13-18 years.

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); with this kind of mental illness, the adolescent is extremely active (hyperactive), can’t pay attention to anything, and so impulsive (acting without giving a thought). About 9% of adolescents suffer from this kind of mental illness.

Depression. This is where the individual has suffered constant episodes of stress and they turn out to become depression. The individual may adopt binge eating, over sleeping or getting too involved in a particular activity, hopelessness, restlessness, suicidal thoughts, feeling persistently sad or empty

inset above: victim of mental health disorders

WHAT WE CAN DO

Health workers need to relate with young people to detect mental illnesses early, and provide counseling, therapy and medication where there is need. Strategies like improving on social skills, problem-solving skills and self-confidence should be taught to adolescents to help them cope or prevent mental health problems like anxiety, stress and depression.

This can be effective if the parents of the adolescents also act early because most parents think of asking for help when the issue has been going on for months and months because they don’t want to believe that it is actually happening to their child (denial). Parents should also support their children when they suffer from a mental illness through motivating them, taking recovery as a step by step process, and also trying to eliminate whatever makes them anxious or what reminds them of a traumatic event.

By

JOAN ZAWEDDE

COUNSELLING STUDENTS, KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

+256 700759543


UGANDA SHOULD STEP UP THE FIGHTING SPIRIT AGAINST MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN ADOLESCENTS

WRITES KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY STUDENT

DIANA NAMBOGO

“What mental health needs is more sunlight,more candor, and more conversation” Glenn Close

DIANA NAMBOGO A STUDENT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING.KYAMBOGO UNIVERSITY

Tomorrow, Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate and celebrate the World Mental Health Day which is observed on 10th October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This acts as a spring board for my writing of this article.

COUNSELORS SHOULD LEAD IN THE FIGHT OF MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES

Adolescence (1019 years) is a unique and formative time. Whilst most adolescents have good mental health, multiple physical, emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Promoting psychological well-being and protecting adolescents from adverse experiences and risk factors which may impact their potential to thrive are not only critical for their well-being during adolescence, but also for their physical and mental health in adulthood.

Generally mental health is the level of psychological wellness or being ,it’s therefore a state where an individual minds are functioning at a satisfactory level and these help individuals (adolescents )to cope up with various aspects in their lives for example them dealing with daily stress ,being vital in society etc.

Drugs and substance abuse are leading causes of mental health disorders

With prior knowledge an adolescent ranges from the age of 10-19 years with it being one of the most crucial stage of life, development as a process, maintaining of social and emotional habits .It’s been on understanding that almost half mental health of the adolescents starts at an early age of about 14 years and these have been due to depression over several issues they face in their lives. Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; taking regular exercise; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions. Supportive environments in the family, at school, and in the wider community are also important.

MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS IN BUTABIIKA HOSPITAL

At this age an adolescent is so reserved and can’t easily disclose enough about the challenges he or she is going through yet they need a lot of attention and information about variety of problems that affect them for example getting involves in risky sexual activities ,intoxication(use of drugs and alcohol) of which we are in a generation where various parents have failed to fulfill their responsibilities of guiding their children mostly adolescents and this hence therefore makes them assume all is well thus keeping  wasteful way of life .

Some adolescents are at greater risk of mental health conditions due to their living conditions, stigma, discrimination or exclusion, or lack of access to quality support and services. These include adolescents living in humanitarian and fragile settings; adolescents with chronic illness, autism spectrum disorder, an intellectual disability or other neurological condition; pregnant adolescents, adolescent parents, or those in early and/or forced marriages; orphans; and adolescents from minority ethnic or sexual backgrounds or other discriminated groups.

Some of the mental health disorders in adolescents include 

  • psychosis
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • eating disorders
  • Childhood behavioural disorders

Most of it all mental health has to be promoted in all possible ways of life

  • Transdiagnostic interventions – for example, those which target multiple mental health problems.
  • Delivery by supervised staff who are trained in managing adolescents’ specific needs.
  • Engaging and empowering caregivers, where appropriate, and exploring adolescents’ preferences.
  • -Face-to-face and guided self-help methods, including electronic mental health interventions. Due to stigma or the feasibility of accessing services, unguided self-help may be suitable 

Parents should play a great role with the adolescents thus effectively be mindful and pay attention to the adolescents because they need a lot of guidance on how things are done in order for the adolescent not to have issues that break them in the future. Group and one on one counseling where an adolescent is able to share their heart felt issues with a professional counselor or therapist In order to be helped effectively and make stand still and great decisions for their lives.

MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS DUE TO DRUGS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

In conclusion therefore it should be clearly noted that mental health differs from mental illness .And most of the youths aren’t certain about their mental health .And we need to come together and promote mental health in adolescents in the best way possible in order to make mental health certain to all adolescents out in the country and the world at large.

Key facts

  • One in six people are aged 10–19 years.
  • Mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10–19 years.
  • Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated.
  • Globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15–19 year olds.
  • The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
  • Mental health promotion and prevention are key to helping adolescents thrive.

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Psychology department receives another visiting Professor from Nigeria

Another step in an exquisite direction for psychology discipline

13/Sept/2019

By Psychology department news editor

Elegbeleye Oluwatoba Samuel, Professor in Counselling Psychology at Obafemi Awolowo University of Nigeria, has been appointed as the latest Kyambogo University Visiting Professor at psychology department, faculty of education, Kyambogo University for his sabbatical leave of one year.

On the left above; Prof Elegbeleye welcomed by the Head of department,Dr Ali Baguwemu

Professor Elegbeleye specializes in health psychology, family counseling research ,psychological tests development, social /learning psychology .his research activities focus essentially on the socio-educational aspect of counseling/social/personality psychology with special emphasis on techniques of enhancing human personality development.in this area, he has concentrated efforts on exploring those school related psychological factors that are capable of militating against optimum human performance in assigned tasks.to achieve this he has attempted to highlight the inherent aversive factors capable of inhibiting desirable behaviors if poorly managed.

The deficit or excess behaviours likely to arise from such a development stands to provoke an outcome that, do often than not, incapacitate optimal human functioning and therefore cause sustained personality related psychological illnesses. He has developed successful intervention programmes that tested useful and handy in providing psychological help in this direction.

His target research participants have been the individuals that fall within the adolescence and pre adult or youth age development group. This age bracket is unique and provides fertile research opportunities because the adolescence and the youth periods of human growth are marked by ambivalence, anxiety and identity crises. Focusing research activities on the aforementioned focus-group is earnestly pertinent and critical, given the Nigerian peculiar situation where concrete governmental policy efforts have not been fashioned to rein in the potential human resource and the spurt of energy embedded in individuals within this developmental age bracket.in this regard his research activities have been directed at addressing various psychological problems that adolescents an dyouths may have to contend within the Nigerian environment.

Professor Elegbeleye said: ‘I am looking forward to joining the psychology department of Kyambogo University and am ready to work with the department members in order to achieve the department mission and goals aligned with those of the university. I am grateful for the opportunity to be included in conversations on curriculum diversification and look forward to sharing my research and experiences with students, academics and staff.’

Dr Ali Baguwemu, Head of Psychology Department in kyambogo University was among the most happiest to receive Prof.Elegbeleye. He said: ‘I am pleased to see Professor Ele join us here in Kyambogo. He is one of the leading voices in Nigerian psychology field and his research and expertise will be invaluable at this pivotal time in the University’s diversification efforts.’

L-R;Prof Elegbeleye from Nigeria,Mr Kakinda Adrian and Dr Ali Baguwemu after arrival of Prof Ele.

Through the Visiting Professor scheme, Kyambogo University, with Psychology department in particular are working around the globe to internationalize their department by welcoming international academicians to the department. He is the third visiting international psychology professor after Professor Chalmer Thompson and Professor Barbra Denis from Indiana University of USA.

Professor Elegbeleye will teach courses that are assigned to him by the head of department, particularly in his areas of specialization (personality, industrial and social psychology),conduct a workshop on the administration and interpretation of psychological test instruments, using the seven tests developed by him as workshop materials, collaborate with other members of the department to write proposals aimed at attracting research grants to the department from reputable world bodies designed for giving such, making significant impact in teaching research methodology to both graduate and under graduate students.

And above all, participate in sundry activities designed for the uplifment of psychology programme in the University for the Upliftment of psychology programme in the University for the Optimal Benefit of the students and colleagues alike.

We are looking forward to share memorable experiences with Professor Eleglebye Samuel from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ,Nigeria.

Fact sheet

Educational background

P.h.D (Counselling Psychology) university of Ibadan, Ibadan, September 1991

M.Ed (Guidance and Counselling) university of Ibadan, Ibadan, September 1987

B.Ed (guidance and Counseling) university of Ibadan, Ibadan, September 1986

M.B.A (Business Administration) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife July 2000

PGD Public relations Nigerian institute of Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria ,1997

NCE (English and History) Adeyemi college of Education Ondo state.July 1982

Previous work experience

  • Oyo state post primary schools Board school counselor 1986-1988
  • Lagos state university, lagos head of Psychology Department 2008-2010
  • Tai solarin university of education, TASUED,Ijebu Dean college of social and management studies 2007
  • University of Ibadan teaching assistant 1989-1991
  • At Obafemi Awolowo University
  • Head of department 2010-2013
  • Professor 2007- date
  • Associate professor 2004-2007
  • Acting head of department 1999-2000
  • Senior lecturer 1996-2004
  • Lecturer 1 1994-1996
  • Lecturer 11 1992-1994

Membership of professional bodies

  • Counseling Association of Nigeria (CASSON)
  • Association of Nigerian Counseling and consulting Psychologists (ANCCP)
  • Nigeria Psychological Association (NPA)

A LETTER FROM THE COUNSELING GRADUATE TO FRESH STUDENTS

Dear Incoming Psychology Major,

When I first heard of the Kyambogo University, I was browsing through an on-line forum that had listed universities with free application fees. It was November 2013. I was a senior at a high school in Masaka S.S.S, and I was playing a game with the rest of the seniors based on who could get accepted into the most colleges. Every time I applied to a new college, I used my mother’s credit card to pay for the fees; eventually it added up and she started complaining. Four-and-a-half years later I am a psychology graduate. Anyway, the point of me telling you all that was not to just entertain you, but to illustrate how life works sometimes.

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            The truth is, we are brought to circumstances that we would never have fathomed.  A chain of events can get you into situations that you may never have thought of previously. One mistake can get you to where you are – for better or for worse.

Studying psychology has a lot of stigma attached to it. The connotations are getting better, but they are still there. Many of your floor mates, roommates, and otherwise peers will be on track to study the ‘hard’ sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.) as opposed to the “soft” sciences (political science, psychology, sociology etc.), some of them may look down their nose at you, but most of them should not care, aside from a few comments here and there. You will quickly learn that the psychology major is not as easy as others think; like I have learned.

I am just going to be honest here: psychology is not for everyone. It was not for me, and I wish I had reconsidered it in the beginning. Ironically, I do not regret being a psychology major. I learned a lot during my time here studying psychology at the undergraduate level. The paramount takeaway I can gather from my time studying psychology is the fact that you must remain objective in all that you do, in all that you experience. Since you are a young (probably seventeen or eighteen years old) student, you may not know what that means.

Being objective is being free of bias; free of personal feelings. It is the antithesis of being subjective; personal feelings held. My apologies if you already know of course! For my personal journey, being taught to be objective, to hold the evidence, the facts above all, lead me to embracing conservatism. I came to this university as a liberal on most issues, and I am leaving it occupying the right-wing of the spectrum. Not everybody retains their liberal views, and you may encounter that by the time 2022 rolls around.

Make sure you take up a minor during your time here at the University of Scranton. You may have a lot of “free credits” that a minor could easily fit into. Though, this may change in the future (who knows really?) so make sure you keep up to date with any piece of advice you receive. If you play your cards right (credits) you can graduate in as little as six semesters instead of the breathtaking eight. Heck, I am graduated in six semesters myself. There are pros and cons to graduating early. Your parents and wallet will thank you for it if you do. Your friends may be upset that you’re leaving a semester or year early. Whatever you do, make sure you have a thought-out plan and stick with it.

Finally, sometimes life happens. I have been somewhat lucky so far in my personal experience, but for many others, life happens. That entails romances going awry, classes failed, grad school applications denied, family deaths, illness… it will happen to all of us at some point. Over my time here at Kyambogo; I lost my father, a brother, and some personal relationships with women. It all happens for a reason; if you believe in determinism. Perhaps you are familiar with Avengers: Infinity War? If not, I will give you a short summary.

It is a movie about  Marvel’s superheroes (Iron man, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and many others) fighting in a war against an intergalactic alien bully, losing the war, and half of them being killed. Okay, I am not saying that is going to happen to you here at the University, I am just saying that you should be prepared to lose important battles. Be prepared for bad news, but yet keep a positive attitude. Have a plan A-Z. A primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency plan for every major choice you make; and you cannot go wrong.

The next four years of your life can be rough, or it could be enjoyable. University is what you make it to be.

MARVIN KAKEETO

COUNSELLING GRADUATE 2014


Counselors should take a lead role in fighting Gender based violence.

BY BYOMUHANGI RAYMOND

22/JUNE/2019

Gender based violence remains a prevalent social problem in Uganda. It takes many forms such as domestic violence, sexual violence, early marriages, human trafficking among others.

INSET ABOVE; BYOMUHANGI RAYMOND A COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST AND GENDER BASED VIOLENCE ACTIVIST

The Uganda demographic health survey (2016) indicates that 56 percent of women age 15 to 29 had experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and 28 per cent of women had experienced sexual violence in their life time. This basically means that more than half of Ugandan women/ girls have been abused at home, school, and work and within other social circles. In 2017 alone, defilement and domestic violence were ranked among the top crimes in Uganda constituting about 20% of all the crimes reported to Uganda Police.

This is enough evidence of the challenge on our hands. The UNHCR Uganda Sexual and Gender Based Violence Thematic Report (October 2018) also reported a whopping 4822 incidences in refugee hosting districts between January and October 2018.These are alarming figures that need urgent attention.

Gender based violence does not only violate the rights of victims but also puts their future at stake. Important to note gender-based violence leaves long-lasting physical and emotional scars and hinders the ability of individuals, especially women and girls, to participate fully in their families and communities – economically, politically, and socially. 

It also holds back women and girls from getting an education, earning an income, and fully contributing to their societies. In fact it is also linked to the high new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women.

A CHILD STRIKEN BY GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

Although, Parliament has passed numerous laws to protect the rights and interests of women and girls – including the Domestic Violence Act 2010, Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, and Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act, among others, counselors should take a lead role in fighting this vice first by creating awareness about the immediate and collective impact of these behaviors to the social development of victims especially girls since they are most vulnerable.

Secondly counselors can offer psychological support to the victims through probono counseling services. This can help victims to deal with the effects such as trauma and depression that result in gender based violence incidences.

Lastly advocating for stringent laws against the vice to deter the would be perpetrators. 

Byomuhangi Raymond

0706393208

raymond@rivonia.ug