He said counselling played a critical role in the life of every student and for that matter students and the general public must avail themselves for counselling to facilitate their academic, career, personal, and social development.
Prof. Kuupole said this at the opening ceremony of the maiden counselling awareness week organised by the Counselling Centre of the University of Cape Coast on Monday.
It was on the theme “Counselling: an effective tool for promoting the academic, career and socio-personal development of students”.
It was in that direction that the University had attached professional counselors each to all its halls of residence for prompt and timely consultations.
“We should not imprison ourselves psychologically, socially and mentally” due to the perceived stigma attached to seeking counselling, he cautioned and appealed to counselors to make the efforts to reach out to the public.
He called for a strong public education through seminars, workshops and the media to educate students and the general public on the significance of seeking counselling and to correct the negative perception that surrounded seeking counselling.
He said counselling had the ability to remove all obstacles that impeded student learning and social adjustment and helped to develop greater self-awareness to make informed choices and decisions to enhance quality of life.
Prof Kuupole noted that career development was an important area in the educational system, but it was often ignored and stressed that the availability of counselling services could help students to know and understand the careers associated with their programmes of study.
He noted that people were willing to seek counselling when they were encouraged by friends and family members to demand professional assistance and advised Ghanaians to encourage their friends and relatives who were faced with psychological problems to seek counselling.
He commended the Counselling Centre for instituting the awareness week to make known to the University community and the general public the opportunities available when they sought counselling services.
Prof. Godwin Awabil, Director of the Counselling Centre at the UCC, said the Centre existed to provide high quality services to solving the problems of students and staff of the University to promote the academic, career, social and personal development.
He was hopeful that the Counselling awareness week celebration would lead to a greater understanding of the value of counselling and remove the psychological barriers that inhibited seeking professional help.
As part of the week-long celebration, four skill-building seminars would be presented and also offer opportunity for students to interact with counselors.