School counselling: a form of talking therapy in high demand across South Asia

In South Asia, the benefits of school counselling remain unknown to many school directors, teachers, parents and children. Nevertheless, interest for this form of talking therapy is growing. Recently, Nepal’s Tribhuvan University launched a new Masters in Counselling Psychology, lead by Prof Shishir Subba (Central Department of Psychology). UiH has been invited to review the current Master’s curriculum, and explore ways of incorporating school counselling skills into the current training programme.

In April and to start with, Tereza Nogueira (UiH British Brazilian Child Psychotherapist Volunteer) conducted an interactive workshop on the role of counsellors in school settings with 38 students from Tribhuvan University’s Masters in Counselling Psychology, Kathmandu, Nepal. This was a dynamic, productive discussion on the importance of counselling in educational settings, and a self-reflective exercise on the qualities, skills and attitudes of talking therapists.

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Module I, Mental Health Awareness training programme, Nepal Medical College (NMC), April 2019. Credit: UiH. Tereza Nogueira, UiH Child Psychotherapists, with students from the Masters in Counselling Psychology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, April 2019. Credit: UiH