On Tuesday, the Counselling Centre opened at VID Oslo, Diakonhjemmet. The centre provides a low-threshold service, free of charge, to those seeking counselling about various difficulties and challenges.
Coordinator Sigurd Riste Andersen cuts the cake with the subject coordinator, Hans Christian Michaelsen, and head of studies for the family therapy study programme, Randi Bagge.
Prior to the official opening, the centre has been operating for a few months and has become a popular service among various age groups.
- The centre represents an outstretched hand to those for whom no other services are available or who are not prioritised elsewhere, said the coordinator at the centre, Sigurd Riste Andersen, in his opening speech.
Students gain practical experience in counselling
The counsellors are students taking further education or the master’s degree in family therapy. Two students and one supervisor follow up enquiries. In doing so, the students gain practical experience, the users get a free counselling service and the study programme benefits from knowledge production.
- This is an extension of VID’s portfolio in which we offer social services to society, says Riste Andersen.
Popular offer – extending the service
The Counselling Centre currently has several partners, including the kindergartens at Diakonhjemmet, for counselling parents of young children. There are also 8 student teams and 5 supervisors at the centre. In the autumn, the service will be extended with the addition of more teams to meet the growing demand.
The Counselling Centre is for all age groups, from the young to the elderly, and for couples, single people, families and groups.
Published by Espen Utaker. Date: 29. May 2019.