“Counselling is a wonderful twentieth-century invention. We live in a complex, busy, changing world. In this world, there are many different types of experience that are difficult for people to cope with. Most of the time we get on with life, but sometimes we are stopped in our tracks by an event or situation that we do not, at that moment, have the resources to sort out”. If we cannot find ways to sort this out in our family, with our friends, or with a priest or doctor, etc., then “Counselling is a really useful option at these moments” – John McLeod, An Introduction to Counselling, 2003.
Counselling Service for Students
Many members of staff of all faculties were trained on techniques of counselling under IBG of IRQUE World Bank project. Dr. S. Balakumar, Dr. Ms. K. Murugananthan and Dr. S. Kannathasan were trained from the Faculty of Medicine. Students with stress due to family, financial or academic or any other reason may find it useful to discuss their problems with these staff members. Ms. S. Ravichadran, technician in the department of Psychiatry, also is a trained counsellor.
What do Counsellors do?
Help you to work through some difficult or painful emotional, behavioural or relationship problem or difficulty. Councilor will , Listen to you carefully, Give information, Deal with your difficulties from your point of view, Work out with you what you are coming to counselling for, Offer you appointments for as long as you think counselling is needed.
Available Student Counsellors
Dr P A Dinesh Coonghe Department of Community and Family Medicine
Dr.N.Suganthan Department of Medicine
Dr,(Mrs) K.Murugananthan Department of Pathology
Dr.T.S.Navaratnarajah Department of Pharmacology
Ms Luxmi Kamalaruban AHS Unit
Students are allocated in small groups to all academic staffs of pre-clinical and para-clinical departments. The staff members and students are expected to meet and discuss problems faced by the students and find solutions to their problems. Dr. Ms. S. Ambikaipakan is coordinating this program. The program started for students of 32nd batch.