This section is headed by a professional student counsellor. The primary mission of the section is to assist students develop skills for establishing and maintaining effective and satisfying personal and social relationships, formulate educational and career plans and facilitate student self-understanding and acceptance.
The staff at the Counselling Centre assists students to:
¨ Become more proficient in life skills such as choosing between alternatives, effective interpersonal communication, and enhancing their potentials.
¨ Improve insights and self-understanding.
¨ Cope with crises and learn how to resolve problems.
¨ Facilitate emotional, spiritual and psychological healing towards personal wholeness, during crises
¨ Reconciliation –This is intended to assist toward restoring wholeness in broken or strained relationships with those who constitute their social environment.
¨ Sustaining - supporting students by standing and sharing burdens with them while responding to crisis
¨ Guiding - assisting students to make decisions by drawing from within what is potentially available to them.
¨ Informing- clarifying alternatives to student’s specific new information and data for decision making.
¨ Growth nurturing - assisting students as they negotiate through sharp curves of their psychological, physical, emotional, social and intellectual development
Peer Counsellors are a group of students recruited and trained by Kisii University College to counsel fellow students. They are trained in and are knowledgeable on, Family Life Education, Counselling Skills HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIS). As a result of their training and experience, Peer Counsellors are often more highly sensitised to the needs of those around them and can therefore respond appropriately to those needs.
Peer Counsellors are trained to counsel on a wide range of issues such as; relationship concerns, sexual harassment, rapes, child defilement, unplanned pregnancies, stress, financial and time management, room-mate problems, academic problems, religious issues, and alcohol and drugs abuse. They can also help student's acclimatise and adjust to their University College environment, because they are always near them in the Residential Halls, Lecture and Dining Halls and around Campus
Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse
Research has shown that alcohol and bhang are prevalent drugs of abuse among University College students. Certain factors like peer pressure, easy availability of drugs and substances, parental and societal influences, emptiness in life print and news media, pressure among many, play a leading role in drug abuse.
These substances have far reaching adverse effects on the physical, social, economics and psychological well being of students. Their use as an escape or ways of dealing with everyday life problems is a maladaptive way of responding to problems and pressure of growing up.
Students under stress and temptation to drink or take drugs are advised to go to the counselling office for assistance or seek the support of a peer counsellor on campus. These handle your problems with the confidentiality they deserve.
Asan educational institution, Kisii University College is committed to providing an environment that enhances and supports intellectual, spiritual,
social and cultural processes. Thus, the Administration, faculty staff, and students, have the collective responsibility of ensuring that the environment is conducive for a healthy intellectual and spiritual growth.
Illegal use of harmful and addictive chemical substances poses threats to the enabling educational environment. It is pertinent to alert the University community on the harmful effects of drug abuse and excess drinking of alcohol, their incompatibility with the educational mission and the legal consequences of use, possession or sale. The Universities’ drug policy is that any illegal use, possession, sale and consumption of controlled substances are prohibited both on campus and off campus.
The University College has various groups which serve as resource and referral centres for students, faculty and staff who wish to exploit their spirituality and fellowships. The following are the religious groups that exist in Kisii University College: Catholic, Protestant/Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists and Muslim Community. They are guided by their patrons in liaison with the Office of the Dean of Students. Any group that would wish to invite a speaker to minister to them does so through the Office of the Dean of Students.
Games, Sports and Recreation
The University College has facilities for the following games and sports: Soccer, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Tennis, Handball
Volleyball, Athletics, etc. for competitive and recreation purposes.