COUNSELLING SERVICE DEPARTMENT
The Department of counselling services is available to help address your personal, emotional or social problems that get in your way during your academic experience at Midlands State University and thereby realising your full academic and personal potential. Services are available at individual or group level through diverse facilities.
The current Student Counselor’s practice is informed by an integrated professional framework of Systemic Family Counseling Therapy, HealthCare, Adult Education and a Gender issues related discipline.
The counselor works in collaboration with other specialized counseling systems such as Chaplaincy, Health Care and Academic Departments. There are also several teaching and non teaching voluntary counselors. So help is all around you. Talk to someone you trust. Get connected to a helpful system
During the semester, we are available Monday to Thursday (0800 – 1645 hours) and Friday (0800 – 1615 hours). After hours arrangements can be made through the university main campus clinic to assess counselling services.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All the Midlands State University students are eligible for counseling at no extra cost.
Participation is entirely voluntary by consent.
Counseling is confidential.
Clients are received on a walk in basis and or by appointment through the Division of Student Affairs front office.
To be a Counseling Services Department that adds value to the quality of life of students and staff by availing professional systemic Family Counseling Therapy Interventions which are necessary in the process of resolving the unique individuals/family dysfunctional interpersonal, emotional/psychological pain and or decisional problems along the Life Span development and move towards self actualization.
To provide professional counseling interventions, support the effective work and study of individuals and groups, facilitate healthy conflict management /resolution , help people move forward with their lives in fuller/satisfying productive ways and make informed growth choices a long the lifespan development towards self-actualization.
The Counseling Services Department seeks to nature the spirit of healthy dialogue in conflict resolution (within the self or eternally motivated), self-confidence, self care among students and staff, guided by the values of respect for human dignity, responsibility, accountability, empathy, honesty, sincerity, social justice and commitment to positively influence change in harmful practices within the diverse organizational/family systems cultural contexts.
Faculty volunteer counsellors
Each faculty has been assigned a volunteer counsellor whose details are available with your faculty administrator. In the event that you need individual or group counselling, you may consult your faculty administrator and /or your faculty secretary.
Faculty focal persons
These are individuals that have volunteered their services within the faculties with a goal of enhancing counselling services. Details of such persons can be assessed at your faculty office through the administrator or secretary.
Departmental focal persons
Departmental focal persons assist in identifying students with problems since they interact with you on a regular basis. Consequently these individuals can be assessed frequently even for cases that appear to be trivial.
For spiritual issues, feel free to consult the University Chaplin.
During the semester, health services is open for 24 hours during the semester. You are free to consult them for any problems including social issues.
Interaction with counsellors will be in three phases. Firstly you may consult counselling service through a walk-in basis or booking an appointment. Secondly the university public lines can also be utilized to contact the counsellors at the prescribed time.
The department has trained some peer counsellors in hostels as well as class representatives. You may consult then when the need arise.
Counseling services such as:
- Crisis and preventive counseling interventions.
- Ongoing psychosocial supportive counseling.
- Peer counseling /natural helping skills training for interested groups.
- Diverse outside classroom learning opportunities such as HIV and AIDS: Life skills, gender dynamics, Sexual and Reproductive Health issues and stress management.
- Creating synergies with other systems such as academic departments.
COMMON CHALLENGES FACED BY CLIENTS/STUDENTS
- Anxieties about aspects of academic issues and problems-often complicated by underlying socio-economic challenges and family conflict.
- The toll or aftermath of painful experiences such as death in a family, unresolved-unfinished bereavement issues, lost valuable spousal relations, lost academic credits.
- Corrosive fear of letting family down and
- Suicidal thoughts.
Midlands State University
Next to Runyararo hostel
Tel: + 263 260404 Ext 404