“Understanding Counseling and Social work: Embracing cross-disciplinary partnership to strengthen child protection, gender-based violence and mental wellbeing in the communities” in collaboration with National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC), Bhutan Foundation, National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), USA, Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) and UNICEF.
The history of the counseling movement began with school counseling after the Royal Decree from HM the 4th Druk Gyalpo in 1996 to institute a systematic guidance and counseling programs in Schools. Thereafter, it was HM Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck dwr3who took it under HM’s wings to further develop the profession. In 2003 HM instructed the MoE to have a male and a female counselor in all high schools. Following that the RCSC approved the job title of counselors and placement of school counselors in schools of Bhutan. Presently many areas of counseling have emerged, in our country such as trauma, grief, career, wellbeing, spiritual, mental health, substance abuse, family, relationship, couple, marriage, abuse, suicide, special needs, children, geriatric and special needs.
This 5th Biennial Bhutan Counseling Conference is yet another milestone achieved. The main objective of the conference is to create a platform for counseling professionals to come together to discuss and exchange ideas on understanding cross-disciplinary partnerships to strengthen child protection, gender-based violence and mental wellbeing in the communities. Speakers for the conference are all qualified and experienced individuals who are leaders in the fields of social work, mental health counseling and psychotherapy. They are from the U.S., Israel, Japan, and Bhutan. During the span of the three days conference, the participants will have the opportunity to participate in sessions about the Global Counseling Movement; Understanding social work from a Buddhist perspective; Counselor Supervision: A Review of Models and Strategies to Empower the Counselor; Enhancing Creativity in Counseling Using Transpersonal Models; Prevention of Substance Use and related problem behaviors: Past experiences and future challenges; Screening tools, assessment, and report writing; Case assessment and case procedures, early identification and safe referrals for child protection; Orientation to the Acts/policies/procedures of childcare and protection and prevention of domestic violence. During this conference, an additional 110 counselors who have met the standards and qualifications will be certified as Bhutan National Certified Counselors (NCC) in the different level of peer, associate, master and supervisory levels. In 2017, 147 counselors were awarded the certification of National Certified Counselor (NCC). In September 2015 the government approved the establishment of the Bhutan Board for Certified Counselors (BBCC), a professional body for registration, certification and training of counselors, psychologists and social workers under the auspices of Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, the founder and president of RENEW.We are preparing for the 21st century where this profession will hopefully be able to save and mend many broken lives and fulfill many dreams of our youth.