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Focus of our services

According to the International Association of Counselling Services (2016), Student Counselling should play three essential roles in serving Higher Education Institutions and the student community:

  • First essential role: supporting and enhancing wellness and healthy holistic growth and development of students
  • Second essential role: preventative role of assisting students in identifying, enhancing and developing learning and life skills, which will assist them to effectively meet their educational, career and life goals
  • Third essential role: providing guidance, counselling and / or therapy to students, experiencing personal, adjustment, career, developmental and personal (psychological and welfare) problems that require professional attention

Although the curative focus (i.e. treatment of personal and psychological problems) still remains an important part of our work, the preventative and developmental focus is becoming increasingly important:

As part of our preventative focus, we assist faculties with the early identification of students at risk (of drop-out or failure) and the planning of appropriate retention interventions. With our developmental focus, we offer needs based life and interpersonal skills training, a career preparedness program, peer helper (mentor) program, peer education programs.

Annual Reports

External link

The South African Association for Counselling and Development in Higher Education (SAACDHE)