LASU don recommends deploying counsellors in all spheres of life

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A guidance counselling psychology academic at the Lagos State University (LASU) Professor Afolasade Sulaiman has advocated the employment of functional counselling in all units of educational institutions, organisations, and, in fact, all spheres of life to enhance the well-being of all and optimise professional best practices.

Sulaiman made the advocacy while delivering the institution’s 78th inaugural lecture with the theme: “Preventive Counselling Intervention: Improving The Well-Being Of All” on Tuesday in Lagos.

This is even as she applauded the existence of a counselling unit at LASU to facilitate effective service delivery and optimise professional best practices, the unit should become a centre.

“This will further enhance the counsellor’s role in ensuring proper adjustment of every individual to ordinary day-to-day developmental challenges.

“It will also probably eliminate the need for remedial or compensatory counselling intervention.

“Counsellors are mandated to be more disposed to preventive counselling than remedial or compensatory counselling in their service delivery to maximise the extent to which they can be broadly helpful to individuals.

“The populace needs to be informed about the presence of counsellors and the importance of their services to individuals and the community in general”; Sulaiman said.

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She added that there was also a need to extend counselling services to the community through education and massive enlightenment programmes using the media.

“For proper integrative religious counselling, mainstream counsellors should receive adequate training in the two major religions in the country and body regulating University programmes.

“As a preventive measure, integrative religious counselling was identified as a panacea for hospitality and religious counselling,” Sulaiman submitted.

She defined counselling as personalised assistance provided by the counsellor for the client to make wise and realistic decisions on his/her own.

“In other words, the counsellor does not advise; he or she only provides appropriate intervention strategies, which can lead to worthwhile decisions making and adjustment,” Sulaiman tutored.

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