– honoured for advancing gender issues
Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand last week explored the possibility of creating advanced training programmes for social services workers in Guyana while on a visit to Lesley University and the Margaret Clemons Foundation, during which she was honoured for her work on gender issues.
The training, which could include Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as certified programmes in counselling and expressive therapies would initially target social services providers working with children and women. The training would help to further professionalize social services in Guyana.
According to a press release, the training programmes will be built on cutting edge expressive art therapies approaches in which counsellors will engage clients in the healing process through the therapeutic use of the arts.
Human Services and Social Security Minister Priya Manickchand discusses possible collaboration with Lesley President Joe Moore.
Last Wednesday, the release said, the Minister observed a Masters’ level course offered by the US based university which is designed to train counsellors in expressive art therapy and to address issues of power, privilege and culture in counselling.
Manickchand later joined Lesley University Provost Martha McKenna; Lesley University Under Graduate Dean, Mary Coleman; other members of the University faculty along with the president and staff of the Margaret Clemons Foundation in a series of meetings to explore possible options for the design of the counsellor training programs.