KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 2: To improve counseling techniques of in-service teachers, the State Council of Educational Research & Training, (SCERT) Nagaland today launched the 3rd batch of 9-month diploma course in school counseling at SIEMAT Hall, Kohima, under the aegis of Samagra Shiksha Nagaland.
Altogether 60 in-service teachers from various parts of Nagaland are undergoing the 9-month course.
Addressing the inaugural function, Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C expressed happiness that Nagaland is the first State in the country to introduce diploma courses in school counseling.
Maintaining that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a very tough time for everyone, he said children are suffering the most and it has become a big challenge for them emotionally and psychologically.
He mentioned that adolescence is a very tricky phase where children at that age can be influenced into bad habits and whatever incidents that an adolescent faces in this phase stays with her/him throughout their life.
In this, Shanavas expressed optimism that counseling could be of major help for students who are facing issues of anxiety and depression, etc.
Further expressing that the drop-out rate in Nagaland is very high, he said the new National Education Policy stresses on a lot of counseling to motivate and encourage the students not to give up schooling.
He further said that when the trainees go back to school, there will be enormous expectations from them, which they have to live up to. The Principal Director appealed to the teacher counselors to be ‘good listeners’ and have empathy towards children and students as they are the future of the society.
Being a teacher itself is a noble profession but having a diploma in counseling will be an added benefit, said Sahanavas.
The Principal Director expressed hope that the school counseling programme will bring change in the field of educational counseling in Nagaland.
Additional Director and HoD, SCERT Nagaland N Chumchanbeni Kikon said that school guidance and counseling has become one of the most important needs of children in the present scenario, as a lot of uncertainty has taken a toll on students’ mental well-being.
“It has become the responsibility of the teachers to take care and render guidance and counseling services simultaneously with the teaching and learning process”, she said.
She said that the 3rd phase programme of guidance and counseling is designed for 60 school teachers across the state.
Deputy Mission Director of Samagra Shiksha, Nagaland, Kelhikha Kenye appreciated the SCERT for coming up with the school counseling programme.
This year, the Government of India has allotted 60 seats for in-service Government teachers to take up the diploma course.
Professor & Head, Guidance & Counseling Cell, SCERT Nagaland Dr. Zavise Rume said that Nagaland was the first State in the country to introduce the Diploma in School Counseling in April 2018.
He said that counseling is universally needed by every normal person, adding that counseling is universally recognized as an integral part of the total educational process.
The need for counseling services is also increasing in the context of Right to Education (RTE), 2009, he said adding “There is a need to focus on physiological, emotional and psychological well being of the students rather than a normal school routine exercise.”
He maintained that counseling service is universally recognized as a suitable strategy and professional therapy for psychological and emotional healing.
Dr. Rume said that the aim of the course is to offer hands-on skill-based practical 9-month diploma course in school counseling for school teachers, who would in turn, be identified as school counselors, to train in knowledge, skills, attitude according to the professional code of ethics for counselors and to ensure that counseling practice is integrated into teaching-learning process, where counseling is inseparable from teaching- learning process.
He said that trainees will be attached to schools and work with school students in schools for 3 months.
They will also undertake field visits to rehabs, hospitals, stress clinics, detox centres, orphanages and special schools.
The trainees will undergo 3 months internship practices. The internship will be done and supervised in Naga Hospital, Stress Clinic, Detox centre, State Institute of Mental Health, Kripa Foundation, Kohima and other counseling centres in Kohima.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rume emphasized the need to have a clear-cut state policy on school counseling to regulate the issues of regular school counseling programmes, supervision and licensing of school counseling, recruitment of trainers of counselors and recruitment of school counselors.
Research Associate, SCERT Nagaland Medemmongla Jamir proposed vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)