Tuesday, August 28, 2012


“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for 
a lifetime,” so goes the famous Chinese proverb. Similarly, counselling is a journey of the
client to“KNOW THYSELF” so that she can find a solution to her problem, of course
the counsellor helping the client in the entire journey. The counsellor plays a pivotal
role in the counselling process and their personality influences the therapeutic alliance
in major way.

There are numerous ways to the mountain top but the view is the same. Techniques and 
principles in therapeutic theory are many, but what matters the most is the counsellor’s
attitude and approach in the therapy and their evolution as a pillar of strength and ray
of hope for the client.

These are few of my observations from the “Basic Counselling Skills Training” at Maris Stella
College,Vijayawada from August 6-11, 2012 by Fr. Jose Parappully SDB, Ph.D., Director of
Sumedha Centre, Joelikotewhich I attended.

It was a role- reversal for all the members of the camp and it was with many apprehensions, 
I sat on the first day. But Fr. Jose had uniformly spaced the sessions in such a way that
every theory class was complimented by liberal practical sessions. The video lessons gave us
a demonstration of how counselling sessions should be handled.  Fr. Jose’s down-to-earth
attitude, simple style, sense of humour and keen sense for detail made every session
memorable and left the participants wanting for more.

What we’ve learnt in the workshop is the basic building block of the entire therapeutic
process but a tiny drop in the vast ocean of therapeutic theory.

A thousand mile journey begins with a single step and this is the first step in our endeavor 
to be counsellors for our students.

One of the deepest secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for 

Thank you, Fr. Jose for being so and inspiring many more like us……

Mrs. V. Sudha Devi.
Head of the Department of Mathematics
P.G Section
Maris Stella College

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