NDF had Organized a 4-day Training Programme on Counselling Skill and Trauma Counselling, from 07-10 October 2016 at Mannivakkam Chennai. There were 24 participants from five FMA Provinces (Chennai, Mumbai, Kalkata, Shillong and Gauhati). The programme commenced with the welcome ceremony. Sr. Isabella the NDF Coordinator welcomed the chief guest Sr. Magnificat Soosai the Provincial of Chennai and all the participants. Thereafter Sr. Magnificat in her message said, “According to Don Bosco every educator is a Counsellor, therefore let us learn the art of building friendship and gain confidence”.
The first 2 days were on Counselling Skill animated by Dr. Sr. Elizabeth and Sr. Vimla Sebastian of Chennai Province. They stressed on how to develop counselling skill and positive thinking as well as the functions of the brain. On 3rd day we had an exposure programme. We had an opportunity to interact with the clients of MCCSS (Madras Christian Council of Social Service) who are victims of various problems.
Dr. Christina Augustine dealt with Trauma counselling. She explained the three stages of counselling and stressed on each stage in detail.
Stage I – behaviour, skills involved and body language
Stage II – Safety, talking about the problem and detail (no skipping)
Stage III – diagnose, rationalise, facilitate
The training was good and enriching. It enabled the participants to learn the techniques of dealing with the clients with better understanding. In summary “The Counsellor is A Healer, Facilitator and not a Judge”.