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Effectiveness and Challenges in Counselling Supervision: An Indian Experience

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 8 Issue 1

Published: 2019
Author(s) Name: Beena Antony Reji, Archana Kaushik | Author(s) Affiliation: Associate Professor, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
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Abstract

Counselling profession is still in its nascent stage in India. Even newer is the concept of counselling supervision. In the field of HIV/AIDS, the government has appointed counsellors in hospitals, healthcare centres and dispensaries. In 2008, Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in its round 7 (GFATM-R7) initiative in India was called ‘Saksham’ and aimed to strengthen the counselling component in prevention and management of HIV. Counselling supervision was experimented with the goal of enhancing capacities and skills of counsellors and making the counselling process more effective. This paper is an attempt to appraise the impact of counselling supervision; it highlights the several benefits of counselling supervision. The research shows a decrease in burnout and increase in counselling competencies among counsellors due to supervision. Counsellors have been able to deal with many difficult cases seeking the help of supervisors.

Keywords: Counselling, Counselling Supervision, Effective counselling, Burnout

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