By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA — THE Counsellors Association of Nigeria, CASSON, has said that it would evolve programmes aimed at imbibing the spirit of confidence among Nigerians.
Rising from their annual general meeting in Awka, CASSON President, Professor Elizabeth Egbochuku, said the association was working on a bill for the professionalization of the counseling practice in Nigeria, adding that once the bill was passed into law by the National Assembly, CASSON would have the power to formulate ways of making Nigerians always believe in themselves and their country.
Egbochukwu who emerged the president of the association at the Awka meeting, observed that the current situation in the country required the services of professional counsellors to calm down the people, especially those who were losing hope about life.
She said: “We are committed to the enhancement of the quality of life in Nigeria and in Diaspora by promoting the development of professional counsellors, advancing the counseling profession and using the profession and practice of counselling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity for sustainable national development.
‘To ensure excellence in the practice, we hope to enhance the capacity of members and the association to be able to respond effectively and efficiently to the changing and emerging challenges in counseling as a key driver of national development.
“That is why it is necessary that the bill on counseling profession now before the National Assembly be pursued vigorously and my promise is that with our collective efforts, the bill will be passed within the next six months.”
She urged the state chapters of the association to lobby their senators and members of the House of Representatives to assist in pushing for its passage.
Egbochukwu said further: “The future of professional counseling of our vision should be bigger, deeper and well beyond the school system. Being a change agent by its conceptualization, counseling is indeed the needed tool for individual and group behaviour management modalities for higher productivity at the various intercepts of human activities, be it in the market place, political arena, conflict management, etc.
“It behoves on us therefore to promote leadership with the creative and innovative capacity to capture these changing times and reposition our association to take its rightful place in the community of professional bodies in Nigeria.”