Centre for Counselling and Human Development Services, Taraba State University.

Counselling Centre is a body under Student Affairs Division. The educational, vocational, social/personal developments, preventative, and rehabilitative, remedial and grow services are the primary functions of the Centre.

The main objective of the Center is to provide quality counselling services to students, university community and staff who are in one way or the other victims of school, life and other issues concerning them. The center for Counselling and Human Development Services, Taraba State University assists in addressing academic problems, career maladjustments, social vices that are related to, cultism, drug abuse and many more challenges which could interfere with psychosocial development of members of the University community.

The Centre offers a variety of services with the aims of resolving students’ difficulties. In addition, the center will provide services through seminar presentations, workshops, diploma training in social development and community development, online guidance, individual counselling and group counselling. The focus of the Centre is focused in promoting human development through self-empowerment.

Aims

In line with the vision and mission of the Taraba State University, the Centre aimed to achieve the following:

  1.         Identification of students’ innate abilities and development of their potentials.
  2.         Assisting students to effectively adjust to educational and institutional challenges.
  3.         Development of sound character.
  4.         Promotion of effective interpersonal relationships between students, staff and university community.
  5.         Acquisition of the necessary skills required for academic excellence, career success and healthy living.

Objectives

In relation to the aims of the Centre, the following objectives would be set up:

  1. Providing career guidance and counselling services to students and staff of the University and to the community outside the University.
  2. Promoting sound moral behaviours and enlightening the students on the need to avoid youthful risk-behaviours (such as cultism, drug abuse, indecent dressing, prostitution, examination malpractice etc).
  3. Equipping students with the necessary skills required for brilliant academic performance (e.g. study habits, Mentoring, time management and academic integrity).
  4. Promoting effective interpersonal relationship among students, between students and staff and between Students’ Union and the University authority.
  5. Assisting newly admitted students to adjust effectively in the University.
  6. Assisting returning students in filling their white forms, CGPA and other challenges.
  7. Collecting and disseminating educational, vocational and personal social information to students and staff.
  8. Working in collaboration with the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, the Registrar and other related Departments /Units in providing supportive services to students.
  9. Organizing career guidance and counselling-oriented seminars, workshops, diploma training in social work and conferences for the benefit of the University community and beyond.
  10. Organizing outreach programmes for the members of the community that are in need of the services of the centre.
  11. Providing avenue to students to seek assistance on issues of concerns (e.g. personal-social, vocational, financial and educational problems).
  12. Collaborating and networking with relevant agencies and bodies towards the achievement of the University objectives.
  13. Providing avenue for undergraduate and post-graduate practicum.
  14. Conduct relevant researches on pertinent issues affecting the University and beyond.
  15. Working in collaboration with the office of the Director of the Centre for Supportive Services for the Deaf in order to provide necessary services to special students.
  16. Embarking on other counselling services which are related to the goals and objectives of the University.

FUNCTIONS OF COUNSELLING CENTRE

The functions of the centre will be based on the primary functions and Secondary functions which include consultative and outreach service, training and research. The following structure represents, some diverse functions of the counselling services.

Primary Functions These includes individual and/or group counselling in the flowing areas:

  1. Personal/Social Development issues such as: stress management, self-confidence, loneliness, depression, vocational uncertainty, relationships, family problems, eating disorders, addictive behaviours
  2. Career/Life planning issues such as: Self-esteem, self-assessment, goal clarification, occupational and educational information, occupational testing, job search techniques.
  3. Learning Enhancement and Academic issues such as: learning skills, learning styles, reading effectiveness, organization of ideas, presentations, time management, anxiety management, procrastination, marital guidance and counselling.
  4. Issues of Special Needs Groups such as: multi-cultural, first nations, disabled, first year students, and mature students.

Secondary Functions These includes:

  1. Provision of consultation services to faculty members and administrators in their dealings with students
  2. Consultation with public and private agencies which provide services to students.
  3. Professional development for faculty advisors, residence hall staff and others in the community who offer assistance to students.
  4. Participation in committee and institutional program development, with particular reference to admissions, orientation, etc.
  5. Assessment of students as an aid to academic decisions

Training/Supervision The training/supervision component of counselling centres includes:

  1. Peer counselling programs
  2. Practicum training for master’s level students
  3. Pre-doctoral internships

Research

An integral responsibility of the counselling service is to conduct ongoing evaluation and accountability research to determine the effectiveness of its services and to improve the practice of counselling. Research done by counselling services typically include research relating to students’ development, students counselling needs assessment and evaluation of services to students. Counselling services shall abide by the Ethical Standards for research with human subjects.

Scholarships

The Centre for Counselling and Human Development services will give information regarding different scholarships. The scholarship information includes the state, national and international level scholarships and both private and government scholarships. Priority will be given to the government scholarships.  Schedules, process, application form and other details will be available in the Centres portal. If the students need any assistance to fill up the forms or any other help they can call and the student will get immediate response from experts.