Counselling Arabia 2006 to focus on training models and careers

SHARJAH — Counselling Arabia 2006 to be held under the theme ‘Moving Forward — Creating Tomorrow’ will address issues related to education, training and career counselling. The conference will discuss innovations in practice, programmes and training, assessment tools, techniques, standards of practice, self-care for professionals, as well as international models of practice and systems appropriate for the Arab World.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 1 May 2006, 11:11 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:35 PM

The two-day conference to be hosted by the Unesco Chair Programme at the Centre for Applied Studies in Education at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology on May 2 and 3, aims at bringing together approximately 450 practitioners, who play key roles in professional organisations in both the public and private sector. The target audience will consist mainly of experts from the human resources and manpower development fields, personal and social counsellors, career development practitioners, and practitioners in the education system.

“This year’s theme includes innovations, challenges, changes and transitions that are influencing counselling issues and practices,” said Gillian Johnston, Counselling Arabia Co-Chair. “Due to the success of the previous conferences, this year the conference will be held over a two-day period from May 2nd-3rd. In addition to the two-day conference, there will be a pre-conference training day immediately preceding the conference on Monday, May 1st and a post-conference training day on Thursday, May 4th.”

The British Council has been an ongoing supporter of the annual conference, and this year, they have generously sponsored one of our distinguished keynote speakers, Tony Watts from the UK.

Edward D. Barlow, Jr., one of the keynote speakers at the conference is one of America’s leading futurists responsible for turn-around thinking in hundreds of businesses, government agencies, health and educational institutions, associations, and community service organisations. As president of Creating the Future, Inc., he helps people and organisations prepare for the challenges and opportunities of what lies ahead. The third keynote speaker is Yvonne Dolan, a psychotherapist for over 25 years, who conducts training seminars in Solution-focused and Ericksonian Therapy throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and occasionally in South America and the Pacific Rim.

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