ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, featured its world-class educational programs and counseling methodologies at the 7th Annual Counseling Arabia Conference which started April 7 and ended today (Thursday, April 9, 2009) at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Conference gathers professionals, students and other concerned parties to discuss, debate and network with the aim of further enhancing counseling practices throughout the Arab World. This year’s edition explored counseling, career development, human resources, academic advising, corporate training, social work, and special needs issues and trends under the theme “Transitions: Evolutions of Client and Practitioner.”
“Personal development is the core goal of all educational institutions, which is why we highly value the insights provided by the Counseling Arabia Conference. Our participation in this event provides us with a perfect opportunity to show how our University has adopted programs and counseling practices that prepare our students not only for employment but more importantly for life. Our multicultural environment has been a major factor for us to monitor and positively direct the individual growth of our students,” said Ms Barbara Sheehy, Counseling Arabia Conference Organizing Committee Member, and Director/ Career Development Counselor, Students Affairs Department, ALHOSN University.
The first two days of the Conference included workshops and presentations revolving around the theme and subthemes, while the final day focused on practitioner-relevant training programs.
Among this year’s subthemes were Counseling and Advising Across Different Cultures; Developments in Counseling: Practice, Program and Training; International Models of Best Practices and Systems; Professional Development; Assessment Tools and Techniques for the Gulf Region; Human Resource Issues; Program Developments to Meet Emerging Labor Market Needs; Culturally Appropriate Techniques and Resources to Utilize with Gulf Region Nationals; Gender/Disability/Spirituality/Age Issues and Best Practices in Counseling; Nationalization of the Workforce; Well-Being; and Special Needs – Issues and Challenges.