Guidance and Counselling

Studying in the Department of Geology can be both exciting and challenging. Taking care of your mental health and wellness is key in having positive and successful university experience. The University has guidance and counseling services in all the Colleges. At the College of Biological and Physical Sciences in the Office of the Dean, Students' Counselor has the following activities.

Current Activities of the Office of the Students’ Counselor

The office of the Students counselor aims to create and maintain a safe, collaborative learning environment in order to help the students individually and corporately to maximize their potential ranging from personal, social, academic, career- guidance and extra curricula activities. Counseling and related services help the students identify barriers, improve coping, and achieve personal goals.

The following are the activities carried out by the Students’ Counselor’s office.

a) Counseling activities

i) Individualized Counseling typically lasts about 45-60 minutes. The Counselor provides therapy to students who present with a wide range of issues such as depression, alcohol and drug use and abuse, anxiety,loss and grief, relationship challenges, trauma, identity, and self-esteem issues, academic related issues as well as personality. The counselor explores the concerns expressed by the counselee (students) and establishes goals to help navigate through and help overcome these concerns. Most of the concerns that the students bring to counseling are addressed in 3 to 5 sessions.

ii) Group Therapy addresses a wide range of issues and can be highly effective as it enables the affected student to get input from peers who they can relate to. Group therapy also helps in the establishment of social support systems amongst the students. Feedback and ideas in group therapy makes the student feel connected and find hope that things can be better. The groups ran through the semester; meet according to plan, with the numbers being dictated by the needs being addressed.

iii) Organizing sensitization and campaigns on Alcohol and Drug Abuse    Prevention

These help the student learn how to use practical strategies that reduce the risk associated with alcohol and drug use and abuse and addiction. They learn the consequences of overdose and persistent use encouraging them to seek help without fear or intimidation. This is done in liaison with the office of the assistant dean of students.

iv) Addiction Recovery programs

The counselor provides short term counseling and assessment for substance use and other addictive behaviors like betting, internet gaming, gambling, and pornography. If the assessment indicates that the student requires long-term or specialized care, referrals are made to the relevant intervention departments such as the University Health Services, Chaplaincy, SWA, and Academic Faculties for further help.

v) Organizing sensitization campaigns on HIVS/AIDS prevention and Reproductive Health. This is done in collaboration with the University Health Services as well as in partnership with other supportive bodies like National Aids Control Council (NACC) and I Choose Life (ICL).

vi) Recruitment, Training and supervising the work of Peer Counselors

vii) Psychological Testing and Assessment to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan

ix) Orientation of new students -on general wellbeing, integration, and adaptation

b) Mentorship activities:

The office of the students’ counselor and that of  the assistant dean of students work in liaison with the Principal’s office in order to carry out mentorship services which include but not limited to the following.

I) Guidance

The counselor also offers guidance services addressing the needs of students in relation to their psychological, social, academic, career growth and development. This is aimed at creating a positive and safe learning environment within the university in order to produce holistic graduates.

 

ii) Life Skills Training

The office of the Counselor in collaboration with the Principal’s office organizes trainings on various life skills among them, leadership, self-awareness, personality development, self-esteem, stress management, time management, conflict resolutions, relationships among others.

 Stake Holders

Counseling and guidance services are carried out in collaboration with other stake holders who include:

Parents,guardians,sponsors

They help in providing financial support, more information and in reinforcing the skills and concepts introduced to their children through counseling and mentorship programs

Students’ leaders

They network with the counselor in identifying and referring students who require counseling and mentorship.

Faculty

Have close interaction with the students and help pick out issues that cannot be handled in the lecture rooms and refer such to the counselor.

Students Welfare Authority (SWA)

Provide information and make referrals to the counselor for students in the hostels requiring psychological help.

University Health Services-

 Students who need psychiatric assessment or any other medical support are referred for further management.

External Organizations

They help in meeting the physical, spiritual, social, and intellectual needs of the students.

They include;

  • NACADA and NACC offer substance abuse programs sexual and reproductive health services
  • I Choose Life (ICL) and Kenya Red Cross offer life skills training for empowerment and behaviour change
  • Religious organizations like spiritual retreat centers and churches- provide spiritual support and networking
  • Kenya Counselors and Psychologists Association (KCPA) certification body for Counselors.
  • Kenya University Professional Counselors Association (KUPCA) empowering and networking forum for university counselors and assistant dean of students.

Due to the emergence of COVID-19 and the uncertainties involved, the lock downs have prompted the engagement of e-counseling via the use of social media platforms such as watsup,face book, emails, Google meet, zoom and telephone calls in order to help in the emerging issues associated with the pandemic.

For more information contact:

Lucy M Kamau

Students’ Counselor, CBPS

 Mobile: 0725683419

Email:lucygitangu@uonbi.ac.ke