Develop Guidance And Counselling Policy
4/14/2012 4:37:33 PM -
A senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology and Education, Very Rev. Eldad Bonney, has called on the government to take steps to develop a national policy on guidance and counselling for the country.
This, he said, would ensure that both public and private establishments created guidance and counselling units at their establishments to take care of the psychological needs of the workers.
Very Rev. Bonney, who is also the Director of the Counselling Centre at the university, stated that all activities of individuals were centred on their minds and that there should be a policy that would promote the engagement of professional counsellors in all institutions.
He said irrespective of one's status he or she needed the services of a counsellor.
Rev. Bonney, who is also the Presiding Member of the Effutu Municipal Assembly, made the call when he addressed the grand durbar of the 13th annual week celebration of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) branch of the Student Counsellors Association of Ghana (SCAG) at Winneba.
According to him, the country needed to embrace the services at all institutions in order to help address the concerns of workers in all sectors of the country. 'Guidance and counselling provides direction as to a decision or course of action of an individual,' he added.
He noted that the lip-service paid to counsellors in most institutions was putting the lives of most workers at risk.
He, therefore, called on institutions to engage the services of professional counsellors to ensure that workers were psychologically fit to go about their normal duties.
Citing drivers as an example, he said if they were not fit psychology, it could result in road accidents and added that the carnage on our roads was on the high side and attributed it to the lack of counsellors at our lorry stations.
On the incidences of homosexuality and lesbianism that were gaining grounds in the country recently, he said it was a foreign culture and that it could be curtailed if the services of counsellors were sought.
He, therefore, called on the government to put up a package by giving a meaningful quota to students who read the course at the university, since their services were mostly needed in every sector of the country, be it education, health or transportation.
He made a passionate appeal to the government to consider introducing a four-year degree programme in guidance and counselling.
Touching on the theme: ‘’The need for Guidance and Counselling in Public and Private Establishments in Ghana’’, Mrs Mary Ackummey, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology and Education, noted that both public and private workers needed guidance and counselling, since most of their decisions affected the generality of the population, hence the need for them to be counselled in order to satisfy the public.
On the relevance of the study of guidance and counselling, she indicated that it enabled an individual to develop initiatives, helped individuals to adjust to school life and new working environment, as well as helped individuals to choose goals wisely.
According to Mrs Ackummey, the study of the course empowered an individual to recognise problems, understand them and also solve them.
‘’The study of the course enables an individual to develop his or her whole being and orientation towards cooperation and compulsion,’’ she stressed.
She observed that workers in both public and private institutions needed counselling to reform whatever they did.
The President of SCAG, Mr Solomon Arhin, also asked members of the association to participate in the activities of the association for the public to realise the pivotal role counsellors played in the development of the country.