Posted November 07, 2018 07:17:08The answer is “not yet” for some.
For the first time, a new study has found counsellors are not yet well trained to deal with the growing number of couples in which a partner’s sexuality is a factor.
In its latest review of counsellor training, a government agency found that only about one in five of the counsellurists surveyed were qualified to do this.
The report by the Australian Psychological Society and the Institute for the Study of Marriage and Family found only about 10 per cent of couns also knew about the guidelines on when to refer a couple to a sex counselling course.
“We’ve heard from a number of people that the initial response to a call for help is not always what they thought it was going to be,” said Professor Chris Wood, one of the authors of the study and an associate professor of psychiatry at Griffith University in Australia.
The review of 12,000 counsellive programs across Australia found that about one-third of those counsellers were not fully trained to handle such situations.
“I think we’re seeing more and more that the people that are in the profession are not getting the training,” Professor Wood said.
“So there’s a lot of people, if they’re doing a course that’s about counselling, they’re not going to know what to say to the person that’s going through that, and I think that’s a really sad thing.”
The lack of training was particularly apparent in the areas of family life, intimate partner violence and psychosocial well-being, he said.
It’s not just the couns who need to know more about the issue.
“They need to be trained in how to use their skills,” Professor Woods said.
The survey found about a quarter of counsducators were not aware of the Guidelines on when and how to refer people to a counselloring course.
That means about 50 per cent had not been trained to respond to calls for help.
The authors say couns could benefit from a more thorough training program to better deal with such calls.
“It’s probably a little bit too late to say, ‘Oh, it’s too late, we’ve all done it’,” Professor Wood told the ABC.
“What you want to do is, first of all, get the training to make sure you’re ready to go out there and deal with those cases, because that’s one of those things that’s really hard for the profession to do.”
The survey also found that more than half of the women who were couns at the time of the survey were still working.
“There are very few people who are going out there now that have had counselling experience and that’s something that’s probably going to change,” Professor Wilson said.
The ABC contacted all the counsellers in the survey to find out their thoughts about the lack of trained counsells.
But Professor Wood did not agree that the counshttp://www.abc.net.au/news/health/gender/mental-health-care/women-s-mental- health-care-needs-nearly-one-in-five-can-afford-sex-change-medicine-study-finds/72165921.html”If you’re in a relationship, and you’re seeing your partner, and it’s a difficult time, that’s not a bad time to go and seek out support, and if you’re finding that you can’t afford the treatment, that might be something that you might need to look at, but I think it’s probably too late for the most part to say that that’s the only thing you should do,” he said