Counselling course pioneers graduate

The professional counsellors with their diploma's Munita Anjani Krishna (left),Pritika Devi,Jotishma jaimala,Iliesa Lagilevu,Shika Sholin Kumar and Shirinta Sanjna after their graduation from USP yesterday. Picture: RAMA

SIX students from the University of the South Pacific are pioneer graduates for the Diploma in Counselling.

Lecturer Dr Ravindra Prajapati said he was proud of the students for their efforts during the duration of the course.

“As you may know, the University of the South Pacific is the only university in the region offering this course and I am very grateful to the students for their hard work. I know it has not been easy, but they have pulled through and I am very proud of all of them,” Dr Prajapati said.

He said one of the challenges in Fiji was the need for professional counsellors.

“The reason there is a lack of people in this field is because no one was offering it as a course, but now that has changed. You have qualified people who can properly diagnose and facilitate those in need of counselling,” he said.

USP contracted Empower Pacific to facilitate this course.

Pioneer graduate Shikha Kumar said: “It was very challenging but what inspired me to take up this course is the fact that I am a Type 1 diabetic and I realised that counselling was what got me through when I was diagnosed and I knew there were many more people out there who needed this help and they needed professionals for it.”

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