From a recent large survey by the Ministry of Social Development and Human Securities corporal punishment in both home and school has been found to be severe and wide spread. Availability and easy access to alcoholic drinks exacerbates further the severity of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Children growing up in dysfunctional families and abusive upbringing have been found to suffer enormous detrimental physical and psychological outcomes.
There is thus an urgent need for public education and training for families, schools, and communities in order to prevent long lasting harms to Thai society. As for those who are already affected by such detrimental situations there is also an urgent need for them to access and utilize mental health services such as counseling and psychotherapy so that their stress will not become chronic and develop into more severe mental health problems.
However, among mental health professionals their daily workload and shortage of personnel have forced them to focus on only problems at hand and short-term management and does not leave them enough resources to consider long-term preventive measures to deal with the situation described above. This is the gap that may be partially fulfilled by capacity development for NGO workers and non-professionals in the areas of parenting skills training and counseling skills training.
Beginning counselors need to know about:
- The helping relationship
- The helping process
Among the counseling skills that beginners need are:
- Understanding the internal frame of reference
- Showing attention and interest
- Paraphrasing and reflecting feelings
- Starting, structuring and summarizing
- Asking questions
- Facilitating problem solving
- Coaching, demonstrating and rehearsing
- Basic knowledge of psychiatric / psychological disorders and referral systems
Training of small group of individuals (20-30 people) could be scheduled weekly with a three-hour session continuing for seven consecutive weeks. Follow up work should be scheduled by monthly supervision and case consultation.
Ready to get started?
Contact us to schedule your training today.