Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Ensuring a quality counselling service is important towards producing a healthy and competent human capital, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. He said the counselling profession plays a very significant role in helping the community to overcome various challenges and to nurture personal growth professionally.

Nurture personal growth professionally

“This service certainly needs to be provided with appropriate quality, and I am happy with the effort and participation of various federal and state departments and agencies in this convention and enhancing the quality of this profession,” he said in his officiating address for the 18th PERKAMA Convention held at the INTAN Campus last night.

The text of his speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister cum Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai. In line with the various governmental transformation programmes under the 1Malaysia concept, Musa said the counselling service is viewed as consonant to the need and challenges to improve the community’s mental health, in preparation for the country to achieve modern and advanced status.

He also said counselling is considered as among the front line professions that support holistic human capital development, by providing a much needed service at educational institutions, in the workplaces or within the community in general.

“Through effective counselling services, we would not only be able to address problems within the organisation, community and family institutions but also identify and polish emotional fitness, which is among the most important elements that determine the living quality of an individual.
“In addition, as we rapidly develop, we are faced with various challenges and changes in the lifestyle where negative influences could easily affect those who are unable to adapt properly.
“Those who are less resilient will need to be helped and guided to act sensibly and smartly in dealing with these challenges. This is where counsellors can play their effective role,” he said.

Recognising the importance, Musa said the government had taken steps to empower the profession, including through the enforcement of the Counsellor Act 1998. He added a scheme of service for psychology officers had also been created in the civil service to allow for the placement of trained counsellors in various ministries and departments.

He also noted that PERKAMA International was in the process of becoming an accreditational body for the counselling service in the region, on par with the Council for Accreditational of Counselling and Related Educational Programmes (CACREP) in the United States.

“I believe the establishment of this accreditation body would help to improve the quality of the counselling services to comply with professional standard.
“I also welcome the initiative by PERKAMA International this year where it gives special focus to producing as many as possible capable counsellors for handling cases involving OKUs (the disabled).
“This is important to help them live a better life in today’s challenging environment,” he added.

Source: Borneo Post


  1. Di sekolah sekalipun ada guru kaunseling untuk memberi bimbingan dan nasihat kepada para pelajar yang mempunyai masalah. Selain itu ada juga diwujudkan Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya yang merupakan khidmat sokongan kepada Perkhidmatan Bimbingan dan Kaunseling.

    1. Kaunseling yang positif akan membimbing anak2

  2. perkidmatan kaunseling perlu ada bagi mereka yang bermasalah.

    1. susah orang mahu menerima kidmat kaunseling walau pun layak dikaunseling.

  3. Quality counseling service is good for the people's mental health such as to relieve stress and managed their emotions.

  4. The OKU community should not be neglected, hopefully Perkama International will help providing better guidance to the OKU folks through quality counselors.

  5. bidang kaunseling ini sangat jarang didengar dan seakan2 tidak popular walaupun peranannya amat besar dalam membantu individu2 yang bermasalah.. mungkin kerajaan juga perlu memainkan peranan untuk mempopularkan profesion kaunseling ini..


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