Dr. Lorraine J. Guth was recently selected to attend the “Bhutan Institute: Helping to Establish the Profession of Counseling in an Ancient Land” being held in Bhutan in October 2011.
Bhutan is a small, landlocked country in South Asia that has purposely preserved its traditional culture in a fast-paced modern world.
Ten counseling professionals in the United States were selected to be a part of this institute. These professionals are from a variety of institutions, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Old Dominion University, Saint Francis College, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and University of North Carolina–Greensboro.
The group traveling to the institute has been invited by one of the queens of Bhutan, making delegation members official visitors to the country.
Institute participants will spend the first two weeks providing direct counseling services to Bhutanese residents in schools, an inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital, and a women’s center. During the third week, the selected university professors in the delegation will conduct presentations at the Royal University of Bhutan, and will provide consultation to help establish the counseling profession in this country.
This institute is hosted by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and Old Dominion University. NBCC is the leading international organization that provides worldwide counselor certification and advocacy.
Dr. Guth expects to learn a tremendous amount about the culture, practices, religion, and current, limited counseling practices in Bhutan. She will contribute her knowledge and skills to further develop the counseling profession in this country. She also plans to present the information learned from this exciting international outreach effort in her classes.
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