The center exists to provide comprehensive, quality, sustainable, preventive, supportive and curative counseling psychological services that help students with a variety of personal, academic, social and emotional concerns that interfere with their ability to succeed while at USIU-Africa.
To be the leading Counseling Center that promotes mental health essential for academic and life success.
Counseling is primarily:
An interactive process where an individual establishes a relationship with a professional helper mainly to:
- Explore feelings, thoughts, behavior, beliefs
- Increase self-understanding
- Discover new and more effective ways of living.
We provide quality and comprehensive counseling services to enrolled students at the university and the USIU-Africa community, to assist with a variety of personal, academic, social and career concerns that may be interfering with the ability to succeed while at USIU-Africa.
All services provided at the Counseling Center are confidential and free of charge.
- Empowering individuals
- Enhancing inner strength
- Helping the individual recognize and improve on weaknesses
- Creating awareness of ones personality for increased self-awareness
- Promoting independence of action as a responsible person
- Helping one with life transition issues (turning points in one’s life, adjustment/changes in life
- Giving information on how to make the best possible use of resources
Our approach is collaborative, goal-oriented, and multi-culturally sensitive aimed at promoting greater mental health and wellbeing. We use the appropriate counseling methods/approaches or techniques depending on the issues presented by the client.
Our goal is to equip students with skills that will assist them cope or deal with various stresses inherent in their college experience and help them make the most out of their educational opportunities.
With Counseling one has the opportunity for:
- Problem Solving and decision making
- Personal Growth; managing identity issues
- Learning new skills
- Gaining new perspectives or ways of thinking,
- Affirmation as one makes different decisions in one’s life
- Coping with social and peer pressure
- Change management /Adjustment issues- As much as there are people who are energized by change, there are people whose self-esteem is affected by change
- Enhancing your academic performance- students should seek help whenever their personal life interferes with their academic life.
- Getting Information and Guidance from a professional helper on various aspects of life.
- Self-understanding through personality tests
- Management of emotional issues: equipped with skills to manage anxiety, stress, fear, insecurity, anger and frustration, feelings of despair, depression, phobias, betrayal, helpless, loss of hope, low self-esteem
- Management of Relationship issues- with friends, parents, children, spouses- conflict management – one will be equipped with several social and communication skills
- Trauma management and post-traumatic stress disorders - as a result of carjacking, rape, sudden painful events , Dealing with terminal illness, Loss and grieve following death of loved ones
- Enhanced self-confidence, clarification of beliefs, values, attitudes, opinions concerning one’s life as you face changes in life
- Proper use of resources
- Strengthening of life skills: equipped with life skills, on such issues as decision making, problem solving, social skills, communication skills, adaptation skills, negotiation skills.
The Counseling Center which is an integral part of USIU-Africa programs is committed to:
- Offering quality counseling services to all USIU-Africa community members in order to ensure their wellbeing
- Assisting students make the most out of their educational opportunities- (A man of knowledge increases strength- Proverbs 24:5)
- Equipping the students with skills that will prepare them to effectively face challenges posed by the modern world.
- Developing strategies that will address significant challenges both internal and external, social, physical, economic and personal that impact on the client’s wellbeing, notably HIV/AIDS and drug and substance abuse among others.
- Every student is unique so we tailor our services to your particular needs
- We take a holistic approach to treat the whole person guided by the appropriate counseling techniques and methods
- We observe human dignity and rights of each individual
- We allow purposeful expression of feelings
- We observe sensitivity to your needs ( we are client driven)
- We observe confidentiality of personal information disclosed
- We observe objectivity when dealing with systemic issues
- We take a non-judgmental attitude (we accept, value and respect you for who you are)
- We observe sensitivity to culture and non-discrimination– we work in a multicultural environment, offering services to people from different cultures, races, genders, sexual orientation, abilities, and religion or spirituality.
- We observe professionalism, embracing the most recent, relevant, human and technical helping skills.
- We recognize the client’s right to make choices and decisions
- We inject creativity in our counseling approaches
- We ensure quality service that meets international standards and is participatory
- Preventive services – identify difficulties that the students are likely to encounter and proactively intervene by giving the students information (awareness campaigns) hence preventing problem situations occurring and reoccurring
- Supportive services for USIU-Africa community members undergoing crises, challenges and difficulties
- Supportive services to those who need help to progress towards a desired goal. The counselor will be a facilitator in the process e.g. Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitative services with referral to inpatient or other external professionals
- Curative services - offer individual, family, couple and group sessions
- Referral Services - for services needed yet not offered at the counseling Center.
- Individual: One on one counseling
- Couple Counseling: For those in relationships
- Family Therapy and counseling: For family related issues for students as individuals or with their parents
- Group Counseling: Where 8 -12 students having a common issue get together in a group and under the facilitation of one or two counselors Share Experiences for the purpose of Learning, personal or social growth in order to Live a better life (SELL Program).
- Psycho-education – information/awareness creation on various life skills/issues through topical presentation forums, Notice Board Campaigns, publications (brochures & flyers), e-mail
- Peer Tele-Counseling Services: This service is primarily offered to students. The center has a peer counselor who receives calls made to ext. 746 (0730116746) who has undergone training and is willing to help support students with every day issues and through referrals ensuring that they get professional help.
- Referral services: Services needed but not yet not offered at the Counseling Center
- Free and Voluntary HIV Counseling & Testing (VCT) services: The Center is accredited by the National AIDS Control Council to offers quality services that meet national and international standards
- Orientation: To assist new students adjust better on campus
- Psychological assessment: Services such as personality tests help with increased self-awareness and plan for satisfying interventions
You will have someone who is ready:
- To spend time, attend and listen to you
- Respect you for who you are
You will be given the opportunity to gain:
- New view or perspective on the situations in your life
- New Ways of Thinking about the World and Yourself.
- Gain healthier coping strategies during difficult, stressful times in your life
- Vent, complain, explain, and try to better understand your life
- Students and their parents
- USIU-Africa staff, faculty and their immediate family members
Your first counseling visit
- When you come to the Counseling Center you will start with the Counseling Assistant at the Reception who will check you in and connect you with a counselor.
- You will sign a confidentiality and consent form with your counselor, your privacy will be respected and your information will not be released to a third party without your consent.
- A supportive network and working relationship with other departments in USIU-Africa will be used upon agreement with you.
- Ethically speaking information shared during counseling sessions is CONFIDENTIAL (unless there is proven threat to life), with each staff member bound to the professional code of ethics.
The Counseling Center professionally-trained and widely experienced staff
- 3 Full-Time Psychological Counselors
- 1 Counseling Assistant
- 1 VCT Counselor
- 2 or 3 students are members of the team as part of the work-study program.
Lucy W. Kung’u
Head of Counseling Services
Phone : (254)730 116797
Phone : (254)730 116 746
Phone : (254)730 116 791
University VCT Counselor
Phone: (254)730 116 750
The Counseling Center looks at its clients as both consumers and contributors of services provided hence the involvement of students in the planning and implementation of its activities. The Counseling Center works closely with clubs, peer counselors, peer educators and other departments. It also partners with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The Counseling Center works with the Academic Affairs division to assist students enhance their academic performance through an early warning system to reduce the risk of academic dismissal. It also creates awareness on the support that faculty can offer students with psycho-social issues that interfere with their learning.
Drug Awareness Week
The Drug Awareness Week which runs from March 18-20 2014 aims at informing, creating awareness, prevention and control of issues of alcohol, drug and substance abuse.
We are Located in the Psychology Block in between classroom I and J and the Gents and ladies opposite the Student Affairs Block and Student Affairs Council (SAC) offices
Phone: +254-730 116 797/748 or from within the campus (Ext. 797/748).
HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
Monday – Friday (8am - 5pm)