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.

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



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.


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.


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


Kyambogo University Counselling Students Association Presidential Candidates state opinions in a 1st ever mouthwatering Debate


by Psychology dept newseditor

The two men seeking to become counselling association’s next governor engaged in a feisty debate Tuesday afternoon, drawing contrasts between each other on key issues facing the Kyambogo University Counselling student’s family.

Democrat Mwesigwa Enock and Republican Gitta Emmanuel debated for one hour at the Kyambogo University, faculty of Education lecture theatre where the department of Psychology is housed. Amidst  exchanging barbs — about each other’s records as former students leaders in their former institutions — and ideas — about new creative techniques foe uplifting the counselling profession, it was such a hilarious afternoon filled with chants from the crowd.

This was the first of its kind in the history of Kyambogo University Counselling Students Association.

The 2019 Kyambogo University Counselling Students Association candidates for president, stated platforms and stances in a hot debate that took place on Tuesday, 19, 2019.

Candidates for Speaker, Disability affairs, vice president, prime minister, General Duties, treasurer and General Secretary are running unopposed, so they did not participate in the debate.

Above; Mr Mwesigwa Enock convincing the counselling fraternity to give him mandate to lead them

Mr Ivan from the surveying course and Miss Gertrude a third year Guidance and Counselling student participated as moderators and asked each group general questions about their positions and platforms. Students submitted questions for candidates, as well. Each candidate had two to two and a half minutes to answer each question and a 30-second rebuttal if needed.

Presidential candidates: Gitta Emmanuel and Mwesigwa Enock

What made you run for this position?  

Emmanuel: “One thing that is very important to me and many other students is mental health and their counselling profession. I want to get to the bottom of this, see why students are more stressed and show students all the resources the counselling programme offers for the future. I want to help alleviate some of the pressure and let their voices be heard.”

Enock: “I want everyone to feel like they are at home again – for this campus to just not be a place to learn, but to come on campus to see your friends or a familiar face. I want to also see how we can change counselling association back to how it was, to make it feel more like home than just talking to a virtual doctor when we are sick.”

How do you balance your time between academics and extracurriculars?

Enock: “I use my calendar on my phone a lot, I plan each week to make sure I am on task and doing what I need to do. I also prioritize and make a list of what I need to get done. When I have study time that is all I do, I don’t do anything else during that time.”

Emmanuel: “I use my planner a lot. At the beginning of the week, I always plan my entire week. Just by being able to have study time, social time where I’m involved in other clubs where I have executive positions, planning where I can focus on each organization equally while making sure school is number one.”

Above; the senior counselor of Sauti Uganda Mr Paul Kulyabingi , The president of Uganda Counselling Association-Gaston Byamugisha and aspiring KYUSCA president Enock Mwesigwa pose just after the debate.

As chair of the Association, how will you remain fair to all members?

Emmanuel: “I will remain fair to all members by listening to everyone’s opinion, listening to everyone’s concerns. I am a big advocate for constructive criticism and feedback, I want strong communication between myself and all the representatives and all the students here. By keeping the open line of communication and really getting to know everyone very well.”

Enock: “Letting each representative know I am here for you, I don’t want to put them in a position where they can’t talk to me or go to someone else to get their point across.”

Above; aspiring President Mr Gitta Emmanuel sharing a moment with the counselling students electorate

The voting day is to take place on Thursday March 21, 2019 as the whole counselling students body goes down to polls for voting who would be the next gaffer of the association

Comments from Lecturers

“For many years, we have been letting folks know that we would love to host an important debate in the association election cycle,” Ms Nakanwagi Carol said.

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