Mental Health Service
Individual counseling is intended to assist a willing client with a wide variety of concerns. Professional Counselor offers client with a safe and nonjudgmental environment to discuss his/her concerns, to discover new ways to resolve these concerns and to improve personal, academic and social functioning. In this year, most of the clients are self referred and some clients are also being referred by faculty members/staff/authorities.
Here, counselor assists couple/pair to gain insight into each other, to learn new and effective ways of communication, and to maintain sound interpersonal relationship.
Counselor acts as bridge between parents and children to help them to strengthen their relationship with each other and to promote positive parenting style.
Group therapy is a powerful tool for growth. On need basis Counseling Unit also provides group counseling where counselor acts as a facilitator. The power in group therapy lies in the unique opportunity to receive multiple perspectives, support, encouragement and feedback from other individuals in safe and confidential environment. These interpersonal interactions can provide group members an opportunity to deepen their level of self-awareness and to learn how they relate to others.
Workshop & Training:
Workshops and trainings are designed and facilitated on timely psycho educational topics, healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and positive habits on campus to support and enhance the academic, professional, social and personal goals of students, faculty members and staff. The following topics covered are:
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Exam Anxiety
- Understanding Depression
- Self Confidence
- Team Building
- Acceptance & Goal Setting
- Effective Communication Skills
- Effective Relationship Skills
- Self Love and Respect
- Emotional Intelligence
- Mindfulness based Stress Reduction
- Other Need based issues
Seminar is an effective medium to create community awareness about mental health issues. Counseling Unit organizes seminars on different psychosocial issues to promote mental health awareness.
Some of the seminars organized by the Counseling Unit are:
- Seminar on Positive Parenting
- Seminar and Workshop on Parenting for Student Success and Wellbeing
- Seminar to observe World Mental Health Day
- Seminar on Awareness on Drug Dependency
Seminar on Positive Parenting
The Counseling Unit organizes seminars on different psychosocial issues where the focus is on prevention rather than cure. With this concern, the Counseling Unit organizes seminar on “Positive Parenting Skills” on regular basis. It is an interactive seminar where professional counselors and parents of students discuss about challenges facing by parents as well as some tips of positive parenting style.
Seminar and Workshop on Parenting for Student Success and Wellbeing
The Counseling Unit organizes a seminar and workshop on “Parenting for Student Success and Wellbeing” in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs, BRAC Universitywith the objectives to gather information from the parents about the academic progress and personal wellbeing of their son/daughter during the first year of university life, and to promote and convey the importance of parents’ contributions to student development particularly during their first year at the university.
Seminar to observe World Mental Health Day
One of the biggest challenges facing the Mental Health Movement is the lack of awareness among community regarding mental health. Therefore, raising community awareness about services and facilities available for mental health issues and promoting the importance of psychological well-being, every year, the Counseling Unit organizes seminar to observe World Mental Health Day.
Seminar on Awareness on Drug Dependency
From 2014, on each semester,the Counseling Unit has been organizing and facilitatingseminar for the students of residential campus titled “Awareness on Drug Dependency” to make students aware about the devastating impacts of taking drugs.
Other Activities inside BRACU
- Participates on First Year Advising Team (FYAT) as student adviser.
- Facilitates Academic Success Workshop (ASW) jointly with the Office of Student Affairs.
- Attends and Participates on BRAC visit, Social Learning Lab, Parents Meeting and Public Health Orientation Session held at Residential Semester (SAVAR).
- Conducts a short session on “Understanding Faculty-Student Relationship”, in the Faculty Orientation Workshop, organized by Teaching and Learning Center of BRAC University.
- Visits Classes for awareness campaign.
- Conducts regular class on course titled “Introduction to Psychology”.
- Other services also offered on emergency basis.
Provides special psychosocial first aid service for the victims of natural and man-made disasters in collaboration with BRAC and other organizations
Conducts session on psychosocial issues for the underprivileged and bright students of BRAC Education Program (eg. Rai foundation scholarship recipients and Medhabikash Students).