Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Social Counselling Skills for Key Community Representatives

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC) which is a non-governmental organization has conducted the Social Counselling Skills training for three days from the 8th to 10th of July 2010 in Phnom Penh.

More than 30 SCC’s keys community representatives from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang provinces have attended the workshop, focussing and learning about how to counsel the people living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

Mr. Prum Thoeun, Director of SCC, said that the workshop is to train their staff and key community representatives about Social Counselling Skills so that they can improve their skills to work with people living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia in the future.

“This is the first time as SCC has organized the social counselling skills for our key staff and community representatives in Cambodia. The purpose of the workshop is to train our key community representatives about the skills of social counselling so that they can improve their working skills related to their counselling works in their communities in future,” he told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview on July 8th.

Thoeun continued to say that the training included stress and cause of stress; stress as psychological disorders; mechanism to deal with stress and stress management; the differences between social counselling and HIV/AIDS counselling; counselling; and probing skills to explore people’s feeling; how to become effective counsellors and so on.

“We hope that through this training workshop our staff and key community representatives will learn about new skills relating to their counselling works and at the end of their training they will be able to work with their target group effectively in the future,” he said.

He pointed out that the Salvation Centre Cambodia was established in 1994 and its main program activities were to work in counselling the people especially the young who are affected with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

He said that since the establishment of Salvation Centre Cambodia in 1994 so far, a total of 1,000 children and other people who have been affected by HIV/AIDS were counselled by SCC staff and community representatives in Cambodia.

To continue the counselling work for people living with HIV/AIDS, his organization now is working hard and cooperating with the Ministry of Cults and Religion and other religious groups in counselling people affected by HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, he said.

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