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Counselling plays a vital role

LETTER: The practice of counselling has found relevance in the country especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The mental health and wellbeing of the general populace during this pandemic is of utmost importance.

The pandemic and the subsequent regulatory governmental efforts towards constricting the disease have mental health consequences on specific individuals and groups in our society.

This is especially true afer the recent disclosure by the Ministry of Health that 64,046 of our children have been affected by the virus.

It is a serious wake-up call to employ counselling in ensuring our children and parents need not bear the consequences of the aftermath of this pandemic.

Among the reported problems include anxiety, depression and related cognitive wellbeing imbalances.

Counselling provides an avenue for individuals especially for families, parents, children to understand and consequently take the necessary steps towards ensuring their wellbeing.

Counselling creates the opportunity for clients to understand their self and ultimately consider change through insight. Also, it is relevant for individuals who lose their jobs during the pandemic because their workplace is closed.

Nevertheless, it is also upsetting for the profession, especially specific quarters in Malaysian society misconstruing counselling as the total solution towards changing behaviour through forceful indoctrination of the mindset.

The Counsellors Act 580, 1998 is clear upon the role of counsellors and the responsibility of the counselling profession.

It is only correct for Malaysians who seek counselling services to note that only registered and licensed counsellor practitioners are legally allowed to conduct counselling.

The designation of a KB (Kaunselor Berdaftar), PA (Perakuan Amalan) suffixes in the counsellor's name depict their legal credentials under the Counsellors Act 580, 1998.

OTHMAN MOHAMED

Retired counselling professor

Bagan Lalang, Selangor


The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times

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