Guidance & Counselling

The aim of counselling is to assist behaviour change, enhance coping skills, promote decision making, improve relationships and help recognise and understand about one’s talents and abilities.

The major aim of counselling is to encourage our Team Members in their academic, social, emotional and personal development.

Counselling can be very helpful for orphans and other vulnerable children. This is because this cluster of individuals have gone through trauma, be it mild or major.

Good counselling can help our Team Members tell their stores, make choices, recognise their strengths and develop positive attitude to life and cope with problems.

Basically, some of the topics covered in our counselling sessions are:

Psychosocial counselling is provided to improve mental and emotional health to our Team Members.
Sessions include activities to boost self-esteem, create a sense of community and provide  an outlet to cope with difficult experiences.
Psychosocial processes influence long term pain outcomes via multiple bio-behavioural pathways positive variables such as self-efficacy that are important resiliency factors.
The interventions, for example, for a sexual trauma and HIV include individual and group sessions with psycho-education and focused on the following treatment themes: stressor identification, appraisal adaptive versus maladaptive coping, social support and reduction of shame and stigma.
Psychosocial support means not only working with children but also their parents, the community and other organisations to advocate for improved access to community support and basic services. Early psychosocial support is very important in order to speed up the process of recovery and prevent problems that they may encounter in the future.
There are different ways of providing psychosocial support to our Team Members. However, the easiest to do is to provide recreational activities.

One of the benefits of using recreational activities is that they are fun to do. Some children will simply enjoy the activity while others may find it supportive.
Some of the recreational activities include art activities;

  1. Drama and puppet performance.
  2. Storytelling
  3. Playing and games.
  4. Songs, music and dance.

Career counselling is a way of engaging students about their careers. It helps students decide how to study and what to study. Career counselling advises students not to get confused about study.

The decisions make students mature in deciding things; bringing out an interest to pursuing their careers and guiding them students on their way.

Kare Foundation provides a survey of potential career paths. Kare Foundation strives to facilitate the exposure of its Team Members to a diverse array of careers that they would otherwise not encounter. Professionals in career guidance are invited to explain their various occupations and guide Team Members on how to achieve their career goals.

 How to give career guidance

  1. Build awareness to Team Members about multiple career choices.
  2. Personality and strength assessment.
  3. Charting out possible career options based on the results.
  4. Planning the study experience/study path.

Therefore, counselling for careers gives Team Members a picture of what is needed to succeed in education and in life. It ensures Team Members take the right courses to prepare for future studies and careers and teaches the habits of success essentials for Team Members to achieve their goals.

Sexuality is a vital aspect of an adolescent life and hence adequate information should be given to teenagers to enable them negotiate this developmental phase with few or no hitches.

Many adolescents today find themselves in a dilemma when it comes to making decisions with regard to their sexuality.

Some of the main objectives of sexuality counselling are;

  1. To explore adolescent sexuality needs.
  2. Identify their perception of sexuality.
  3. Conflicts and dilemmas.
  4. How counselling intervention can be established.

A therapist can assist an adolescent in exploring their own feelings related to sexuality, gender, sexual orientation and sexual behaviour in a healthy way. 

Acceptance and validation of self and the various changes that take place during adolescence are necessary in order for the state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.

Counsellors provide a much needed service to teenagers by counselling them regarding sexuality. During camps, therapists use questionnaires that can facilitate discussion and point out potential problems.

The counselling services include topics such as;

  1. Sexual aggressiveness.
  2. Sexual abuse.
  3. Risk of unplanned pregnancy.
  4. Risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
  5. Making healthy and well thought decisions.

Use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by teens is very common and can have serious consequences in the 15-14 year age range. 50% of deaths involve alcohol or drug abuse.

Drugs and alcohol also contribute to physical and sexual aggression such as assault or rape. Possible stages of teenage.

Experience with alcohol and drugs include abstinence, experimentation, regular use, abuse and dependency.

Repeated and regular use or recreational use can lead to other problems like anxiety and depression. Some teenagers regularly use drugs or alcohol to compensate for anxiety or a lack of positive social skill.

Teen use of alcohol should be minimised because it can be a gateway drug for other drugs. The combination of teenagers’ curiosity, risk taking behaviours and social pressure make it very difficult to say no.

Consequences of teenage drug and alcohol abuse

  1. A drop in school performance.
  2. A change in groups of friends.
  3. Delinquent behaviour.
  4. Deterioration in family relationships.
  5. Mental health disorders.
  6. Drug dependence.

Preventive strategies of drug and alcohol abuse

  1. Discuss reasons not to use drugs. Avoid scare tactics; emphasize how drug use affects the things that are important to your teen, for example, sports, driving health and appearance.
  2. Consider media messages. Social media can glamorize drug use talk about what your teens see and hear.
  3. Discuss ways to resist peer pressure .Brainstorm with your teen about how to turn down offers of drugs.
  4. Know your teen’s activities. Pay attention to your teen’s whereabouts.
  5. Find out what activities your teen is interested in and encourage him or her to get involved.
  6. Know your teen’s friends.

It’s never too soon to start talking to your teen about drug abuse. The conversation you have today can help your teen make healthy choices in the future.       

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