Counselling Psychology Conference on Challenges of Knowledge Openness Kicks off

Muscat, In light of the accelerated progress

and openness of knowledge and planning for a better future in the field

of counselling psychology, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU),

represented by the Student Counselling Center, is organizing a

conference entitled “Challenges of Knowledge Openness” from 13 to

15 November 2018. The opening ceremony of the conference was held

at SQU Conference Hall under the patronage of Dr. Sultan bin Ya’arub

al-Busaidi, Advisor at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Su’aad bint Mohammed al-Lawati, Chairperson of the

Conference Organizing Committee, said that the conference seeks to

assess the reality of the counseling services in public and private

institutions, to learn about successful models and field experiences

from different counseling centers and offices, and to identify

counseling preventive programs at counseling. It also seeks to identify

contemporary issues, challenges and difficulties in the field of

counseling under the openness of knowledge, the investment of the

Internet and social networks in counseling services from all fields of

counseling, she added.

The conference addresses seven main themes; the use of

modern technology in the service of counseling and its branches; the

challenges of the counseling culture, preventive and developmental

guidance; the impact of the guiding labour standards in light of

knowledge openness; the university counseling centers, psychological

counseling and its branches in public and private; and finally, the

counseling in service for individuals and communities. More than 70

researcher papers will be presented in the conference.

In the opening ceremony, Dr. Jeffrey Prince, Executive Director

of Counselling and Psychological Services, University Health Services

at the University of California, Berkeley, gave the keynote address on

the topic Integrating counselling and mental health into medical care

teams: A global challenge. He said that the increasing prevalence and

severity of mental health conditions have become an urgent global

concern among medical and mental health providers. Most of these

conditions continue to go untreated or ignored for a number of

reasons. As a result, this problem continues to worsen as counselling

and health care professionals fail to work together to provide effective

identification, prevent and treatment, he added. In his presentation,

Dr. Prince presented data that demonstrate the scope of this problem

and ways in which deliberate and structured collaborations among

medical and counselling professionals can better address this


The conference is accompanied by six training workshops, three

of which started on 12 November. The topics are the counseling

applications for academic success, strategies and practical

mechanisms to immunize students from drugs, and modern means of

communication and their impact on family management. There will be

three workshop during the conference titled “Me and You,” “Sand Play”

and “Stress Management”.

Source: Oman News Agency