The HCT’s Counselling Service coordinates various services for students who require assistance with a range of issues. An important objective of the counselling service is to promote students’ personal development and prevent personal difficulties from interfering with studies. Counselling services are designed to provide and enhance the HCT student experience. These services include one-on-one counselling (educational or personal), workshops, campaigns and group counselling.
HCT Student Counsellors provide the opportunity for students to discuss those issues and concerns related to personal development, coping with health, stress and time management, grief and bereavement, as well as in achieving their fullest academic potential. They support the students with special needs in providing the necessary accommodations in order to complete their academic pursuits. Apart from that they offer referral services to local qualified and experienced professionals or organizations for further diagnosis and treatment.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a systematic process of helping students through difficult times by using various counselling skills and therapeutic approaches to enable them to overcome their difficulties. Counselling is offered by professionally trained counsellors who have the knowledge, skills and expertise to help in complete confidentiality.
Counselling will provide you with unconditional support with respect to your competencies.
Why seek counselling?
At times life is just difficult and thing don’t go the way we want them to and feel we have no control over our lives. Everyone goes through a phase of feeling lonely and wish they had somebody who can understand them, help seek direction from or give a fresh new look to life. While sometimes we learn to cope on our own there are times when we think we need help. HCT provides counselling to all students who want to put fun and success back to their lives.
Counselling can thus help you to explore possibilities, pay more focus on the goal you wish to achieve or new ways to think about completing one’s academic pursuits successfully or any life time skills – such as decision-making or positive ways of dealing with emotions. Students can even seek counselling for reasons including high stress levels, depressed or sad moods, lack of concentration, poor eating habits, difficulty adjusting to new surroundings, adjustment issues, death or loss, career choice, study skills or life after graduation.
Very often, students just need a place to safely vent frustrations or talk about themselves or their concerns.
What can you expect from counselling?
- To be treated with dignity and worth
- To be listened to attentively
- To be informed about your rights and responsibilities
- To be treated with a non judgmental attitude
- To be informed about referral services
- To take you through the counselling sessions successfully
- To be provided with adequate information and resources as needed
- To help you make the right decision
- To hold information confidential
What factors can help make counselling beneficial?
Counselling experience differs from person to person, but some of the ways that can help in making counselling work for you are:
- Being convinced that you need help
- Be honest about your feelings and problems
- To believe that counselling will help
- To believe in the counsellor’s knowledge, skills and ability
- To be willing to accept change
- To attend to counselling sessions on time and participate actively
- To implement the goals set in the counselling process
Confidentiality and Privileged Communications
The most sacred principle of counselling is to protect the confidentiality of the student as well as act in his/her best interests. Hence, all counselling sessions are held in very high levels of confidentiality. Information will be legitimately discussed only with the permission, approval or written consent of the student.
To assist students who need extra help with their studies, some colleges have established peer tutoring groups through which tutoring is available from senior students who have a good academic standing. Students who are experiencing difficulty with their studies should speak with the college Student Services Supervisor or college counsellor.