Academic Counselors for 2018/19 Academic year Undergo Orientation

Newly appointed Academic Counsellors for the 2018/19 academic year on Winneba Campus underwent a day’s orientation at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus, Winneba on Wednesday, 3rd October, 2018.  

The orientation, organised by the Division of Human Resource (DHR) in collaboration with the Counseling Centre of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) was to equip all Academic Counsellors of the University to enhance their counselling skills. 

In his Opening Remarks, a Senior Assistant Registrar, DHR, Mr. Charles Denkyi urged participants to gather pieces of information during the orientation that would enable them to effectively counsel students. 

Senior Assistant Registrar, DHR, Mr. Charles Denkyi in his opening remarks

In her presentation, a Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Education, Mrs. Patricia Mawusi Amos outlined heavy workload, time management, classmate conflict/rejection, broken heart, depression, discrimination, financial constraint, culture shock and others as the typical problems that new and continuing students encounter. She therefore, entreated the Counsellors to be patient and professional when students approach them.

“As a Counsellor, your main objective is to empower the individual to cope with stressful and critical situations or refer them to the Counselling Centre when necessary.” She said.

Mrs. Patricia Mawusi Amos, Department of Psychology and Education

She added that for one to be an effective counsellor, the individual ought to possess some qualities such as positive regard or respect for people, non-judgemental and high level of acceptance, be caring and empathetic, self-disciplined, knowledgeable/informed about the subject and awareness of resources available within the institution, culturally sensitive, good listener and ability to maintain confidentiality.

In the course of the presentation, two of the participants role-played counselling after which members made constructive submissions and criticisms about the performance observed.

Two lecturers role-playing a scene during the orientation

In attendance were the Ag. Director, Counselling Centre, Dr. Matthew K. Namale; Assistant Registrar, DHR, Ms. Patricia Kaitoo; Chief Administrative Assistant, DHR, Mr. Isaac Darko, Academic Counsellors and others.    

Some of the participants making contributions