Counselling organization

Psychological counselling centre is intended for all students of Bijeljina University, high school students, not only for young people but also for all those who want to work on themselves and their inner world. There are many prejudices related to seeking help from psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists. Unfortunately, it is often heard that the one who asks for help is not really normal, that he is "crazy",  so we tend to avoid him or make fun of him. We want to change established practices and prejudices! We would like to change the practices and prejudices that are already established.

It is necessary to distinguish transient developmental crises of young people, which are part of growing up and the most common reason for seeking professional help, from the clinical population whose problems require medication and extensive and continuous assistance from professionals.

The Psychological counselling centre is intended primarily for a healthy, non-clinical population of young people who have various difficulties in solving everyday problems, who will not only be provided with psychological help, but will also perform some kind of triage work, in terms of identifying more serious difficulties and possible timely referral to alternative institutions for more adequate help and care. Therefore, communication with local institutions dealing with the mental health problems of the young population is unnecessary.

   The work of the counselling centre is organized in 3 sectors:

 

 

1. Advisory sector involves:

  • Direct counselling, where young people have the opportunity, through an individual encounter with a psychotherapist or within experiential therapy groups, to receive adequate advice, support and encouragement for further strengthening of their internal capacities, and to try out different behavioral patterns and explore their inner world.
  • The SOS telephone service provides an opportunity for young people to talk freely and anonymously about their current problems, via an open telephone line, with competent and educated people trained to work with young people (psychologists, psychotherapists, students of final years of psychology).
  • Internet counselling is a step closer to young people because they can use it to send their questions to the counselling e-mail address at any time and without personal contact and also receive an answer as soon as possible (up to 72 hours).

 

2. Research sector

The research sector involves organizing and conducting research on current problems, needs, interests of young people, as well as their attitudes towards this type of assistance, in order to monitor their mental health status. It also enables university students and high school students to obtain a precise psychological assessment of their cognitive and personality characteristics, as well as and an assessment of occupations and professions that would suit their predispositions.

 

3. Educational sector

The educational sector involves the organization of educational activities: panels, seminars, workshops, round tables with topics in different areas of primary prevention and current topics of the young population to enhance knowledge, develop awareness of the opportunities for their own development and use of their own capacities.