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.

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


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.


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.


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.


“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