“Our Commitment: Reduction of failures and accentuation of success, knowledge, wisdom creativity and awareness”
The University Counselling Centre was established with the approval of the University Senate at its 212th sitting. The establishment in February, 2014 met up with the NUC’s directive that Nigerian Universities henceforth should establish Guidance and Counselling Centres, separate from their Faculties of Education to ensure effective services.
This University (EKSU) has a Centre for Counselling and Human Development located on the way to UBA Bank, by the right turning, shaded by the teak trees and next to the water tower. The sign post is there. The Centre has professional Counselling Psychologist attending to various needs presented by clients.
Counselling is an academic support programme in the University. The services are rendered for you to understand yourself, the nature of the school environment, how to cope with some challenges that might confront you during the course of your study while interacting with you lecturers, administrative staff, fellow students and the University Community at large.
During counselling, clients are attended to with systematic and creative psycho-social therapies while cases beyond the CCHD are referred to appropriate units and departments of the University or relevant agencies in order to provide comprehensive well being services.
The University Centre for Counselling and Human Development (CCHD) is committed to serving students on their needs that may require professional counselling support. The CCHD promotes University community welfare by extending support services to EKSU staff and parents.
The Counselling and Human Development Centre is where you are free to consult and discuss with counsellors on any issue concerning your conveniences in the University with the assurance that any information you give or share is taken as your personal information and therefore remains a secret that will not be used against you or released to anybody without your consideration. At the CCHD, helping you is our business and that is why our services centre on the following:
Available Programmes at the Centre
The Centre provides guidance and Counselling services based on the following programmes:
a. Educational/Academic Counselling;
b. Career Guidance/Counselling;
c. Personal-Social Counselling;
d. Marriage and Family Counselling;
e. Financial Counselling;
f. Health Counselling; and
g. Research and Other Counselling Related Activities.
The Centre provides services on:
Registration procedures, choice of courses and requirements for graduation;
Effective study habits, use of library and acquisition of examination skills;
Coping with academic challenges such as spill-over, transfer,
change of course and withdrawal cases, and
Creating awareness of available opportunities such as postgraduate programmes and scholarship awards within and outside the University.
The Centre offers the following services:
Preparing students for the labour market or self- employment;
Providing career guidance on job opportunities and challenges in the various courses being offered by the students;
Conducting researches into the various aspects of career guidance and counselling;
Creating, promoting and developing training activities that can enhance and improve the employability of students and graduates; and
Assisting companies and commercial enterprises in organizing career talks for prospective graduates in order to acquaint them with job requirements and career prospects.
The Centre provides services on:
Coping with academic demands and life in and after school;
Managing phobia (excessive fear), stress, depression and cynicism (distrustful attitude)
Building social skills (assertiveness, decision-making process, modeling and mentoring etc);
Managing cases of addiction to alcohol and other hard drugs;
Overcoming undesirable personal habits (e.g. stammering, shyness, extravagant behaviour, overeating etc.)
Managing emotional difficulties (e.g. temper tantrum);
Assisting students to adjust to the University environment
Fostering discipline and responsible behaviours;
Coping with loneliness and feelings of inadequacy;
Managing resources (e.g. income and facilities);
Managing interpersonal matters (making friends, conflicts between or among room-mates, friends, etc)
Handling religious and spiritual matters;
Organizing training on assertiveness and decision making skills; and
Managing other personal and social concerns that interfere with individual’s normal functioning.
Marriage and Family Counselling
The Centre offers services on:
Marriage and family matters;
Sexual matters (e.g. harassment, rape, pre-marital sex, incestuous relationship, variances, sexual dysfunctions);
Choice of partners and preparation for marital life
Handling marital challenges; and
Handling interpersonal conflicts in courtship and family affairs.
The Centre offers financial counselling service in the following areas;
Management of available fund;
Provision of loan without interest;
Guidance on ways of sourcing financial income;
Providing financial support to indigent (poor) students;
Providing links for scholarship; and
Providing linkage for part-time job.
The Centre offers services on:
Prevention and control of diseases; and
Referring client to clinics or hospitals for medical assistance.
Note; Your Primary Purpose
Do not forget that your primary purpose in this University is academic,
Hence the CCHD wishes to share the following hints with you on: some common causes of academic failure:
a. Lack of goal or ambition
c. Negative attitude towards education
g. Poor study habits
h. Failure to use relevant textbooks
i. Waste of time and energy on activities that are not academically beneficial (e.g. watching television/video, attending parties, etc)
j. Lack of cordiality with teachers/lecturers/colleagues
k. Lateness to lectures
l. Negative influence of peer group
m. Poor memory
n. Over confidence
o. Poor attitude to personal health and ill-health
p. Negative attitude to homework/assignments
q. Poor attitude to test/examination anxiety
r. Indiscipline (e.g. reliance on examination malpractice and drug abuse)
t. Memorization/Cramming/Rote learning
u. Poor self-concept
v. Inadequate funding and family instability, etc.
To avoid failure therefore, it is important for students to set achievable goals at the beginning of their University education, be determined to make it, work hard to achieve the set goals and plan their time. If you are confronted with any of the situations above, find time to meet a counsellor.
The content of interactions during counselling at the CCHD is confidential. Feel free to discuss your educational vocational, personal, family and social concerns with the professional counsellors at the centre.
‘Reduction of failures and accentuation of success, knowledge, wisdom creativity and awareness;
Willful determination to make effort and succeed; Human relations and understanding our premium;
Finding solutions to problems and anxieties our task;
Sympathy and empathy cultivated, and Self-awareness and self-integration end goal’
Book an appointment or come when the need arises. But note that appointment is on ‘first come first served’ basis except on emergency situations.
Visit us at: The Former Post Graduate School Premises, Opp. Students Affairs.
Service Hours: 9.00 am, – 3.00pm.
Monday to Friday. Special visits may be arranged on request.
- Prof. T. T. Olofintoye
Tel: (+234) 08033966724