GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

INTRODUCTION

Group Counselling targets a group of students who have the same problems and psychological disorders, in order to facilitate understanding of self and to achieve the wanted results for every individual.

Aims of Group Counselling at UOB:
– Help as many students as possible, who have the same type of problems
– Identifying problems through interaction with others
– Establishing strong relationships

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GROUP COUNSELLING

The regular session is 45-90 minutes.

Attention is given to all members of the group.

  • Focus is on general and common issues.
  • It is more effective in solving common issues.
  • Social interaction with others.
  • Discussion takes place back and forth between participants.
  • Members of the group feel comfortable to know that others have the same problems.
  • It provides a sense of belonging and respect of others.
  • It provides preventive therapy through exchanging experiences.
  • It promotes confidence and overcoming fears and anxiety.

COMMON ASPECTS BETWEEN GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

  • They both assist students to understand themselves better.
  • They complement each other.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO THE SUCCESS OF GROUP COUNSELLING

1. Commitment

Accepting and respecting the view of others and being on time as well as applying the solutions suggested.

2. Individual and Group Expectation

Members benefit better from the outcome of the sessions when they know what is expected from them:

  • Freedom of expression.
  • Opportunity to discuss their issues as well as other people’s issues in a productive manner.

3. Responsibility and Taking Part in Decision Making

Every member of the group is responsible for their own words and actions within the group. The member is also responsible for the confidentiality of what takes place within the group sessions.

4. Acceptance

The member feels accepted by others, which increases self-esteem and encourage behavioral enhancement.

5. Interaction

Based on goals of the whole group:

  • Accepting and respecting members of the group.
  • Similarities amongst the members of the group.
  • Effective communication between the members of the group.

6. A sense of belonging

Similar issues create a sense of integration between the members of the group and a sense of belonging which results in comfort while discussing issues:

  • Awareness of the goals of the group.
  • Admiring the facilitator of the group.
  • Admiring the members of the group.

7. Issues Addressed through Group Psychological Counselling

  • Psychological issues: lack of psychological adaptation, simple anxiety, shyness, distraction, low self-esteem, dealing with psychological pressures.
  • Behavioral issues: aggression, smoking, TV and Internet addiction.
  • Academic issues: lack of academic motivation, recurring failure, absence, exam preparation, time management, lack of academic adaptation.
  • Family issues: parents’ separation, divorce, or fights, negligence, parental violence.
  • Social issues: bad relationships with friends, classmates or teachers as a result of the lack of social skills, dealing with productive criticism, developing communication skills.
  • Health issues: adaptation in case of chronic diseases.
  • Professional issues: inability of academic or professional planning, inability of solving professional problems.
  • Security: the more a member has a sense of security within the group, the more they are able to discuss their issues and express their feelings to others.

8. Tension

Tension is required for the duration of the counselling process as it is monitored and controlled within average limits.

9. Group Criteria

Rules of conduct within the group:

  • a sense of belonging to each other within the group.
  • honesty, integrity and self expression.
  • listening to others.
  • confidentiality.
  • participating in decision making.
  • accepting new members.

CONTACT US

Psychological Counselling Division

17438140 – 17438055 – 17438280