Counselling has become an indispensable part in education system as a result of higher enrolment, diversity, and complexity among students. The word ‘counselling’ generally means "the process of assisting and guiding to resolve intricacies especially personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties by a trained person on a professional basis".
Significance of Counselling
The objective of counselling is to see things vividly from a different perspective. The act of counselling enables a counselee to focus on emotions, experiences, and behaviours to solve a problem by creating a positive vibe. The counsellor schedules a feasible time framework to explore the stressful feelings of a person, help to find a viable solution, and facilitate a space to egress frustration and distress. It is noteworthy that the process and mechanism of counselling is a matter of trust and confidentiality.
Need for Counselling in Higher Education
Counselling in an institution helps to develop the overall learning environment. It also assists to cope with the social and personal developments of a learner. A student, who has less coping skills, may find the campus life a bit laborious. It becomes an arduous task for the learning community to find a source for self- confidence and positive attitude to build an individual identity in a competitive learning environment. Counselling in an educational institution, at this juncture, intends for the students’ progress by enhancing emotional intelligence and social welfare.
Harbouring this thought into function, Hajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College has set up a Personal Counselling Centre for the students’ welfare. Students hailing from humble background, sometimes, find difficult to pace up with the changing scenarios mentally. At desperate times, the student approaches the counselling centre to receive guidance and moral support. Mr. A. Jamal Mohideen, an Alumnus, has been appointed as personal counsellor. He is a B.A., graduate and has completed Certificate Course on Personal Counselling. He engages students on 3 days/week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm for Group and Personal Counselling. The administered counsellor by the Institution, plays a sustaining role to dispose stress and foster mental health in a counselee. A separate room has been allocated for counselling.
Types of Counselling Steered by the Counsellor
- Fear − To overcome the childhood and Adolescent fears
- Anger − To control anger and overcome vexation and rage
- Forgetfulness − To retain the information learnt and to overcome careless forgetfulness
- Stress − To avoid depression and to overcome stress
- Dream − To overcome unnatural dreams
Counselling Mechanisms by the Counsellor
- Active Listening
- Seeking Response