The Department of English of Nehru Memorial College organized a Faculty Development Programme on “Counselling and Psychotheraphy” on 5th October 2018 . Dr.A.R.Ponperiasamy, Principal welcomed the gathering. Shri.Pon.Balasubramanian, President and Shri.Pon.Ravichandran, Secretary of the College Committee offered their felicitations. The chief guest of the day, professor emeritus Dr.Are Holen, Psychiatrist, Dept.of Neuroscience, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, in his key note address, spoke on giving counselling to the students. He said, “Counselling is not giving advice. The students must be encouraged to express their problems, worries, fears, distress, despair in their own words and it should be kept confidential”. He also explained the process of counselling. It involves two steps: listening must be 80% and responding can be 20%. The counsellor shall listen to students’ problems and respond to them in clear and short statements. At the same time, the Counsellor should act as a facilitator and help the student to find his own ways to resolve challenges or problems by encouraging him to build higher level of independence. The staff members were greatly benefitted by his speech.
Dr.Are Holen is also the founder of ACEM Meditation International. It has its branches in various countries. Shri.Jeyaraj, South-East Asia Co-ordinator, Mrs.Kalpana Jeyaraj,General Secretary, Shri.Balakrishnan,President, Tamilnadu chapter of ACEM Meditation,India were also present. Mrs.R.Lakshmi, Assistant Professor of English and Convener of the FDP proposed vote of thanks