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Oral

Diversity holds potential for change

[Speaker] Van Der Merwe, Petro:1
1:University of South Africa (South Africa(Republic of South Africa))

Life is more complex than it used to be. We noted how our networks of family and community are depleted, showing that people struggle to find people they can turn to for help. This implies that more people are seeking to establish supportive networks of relationships, which counselling can help provide. While professional counselling can have a bigger role to play in meeting the growing demand for counselling, we also acknowledge that there are lay people who are trying to make a difference in their communities.
This paper explores a story of an ordinary woman doing lay counselling and two interviews of people that have received professional training in psychology to illustrate how do ordinary people and professionals alike understand and respond to the socio-political and historical issues related to the transitions and daily challenges that people are confronted with.

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