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Counselor Education for Adult Education

By Abdulrahman S. Hamidi

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Adults need counseling as much as younger students. Often adults have more pressures and demands placed upon them than younger students. A well designed counseling program can offer help to adults in dealing with their special needs as students, Counselors need special training which includes characteristics of adults, counseling them, and community resources information. Aspects of a good counseling program in any school for adults includes: helping adults define and achieve their goals, testing of aptitude for assistance in level placement, and helping students with personal problems which block their education. Most adults need and desire educational counseling. The age of the student does not free him from the need for new information, or new insights, or new awareness to aid him in making realistic choices and decisions. The adult school counselor's function is assisting in helping the adult to coordinate his personal needs with the necessities of the educational system. Individual needs, desires, ambitions and hopes cannot be separated from family, financial and other daily problems. The adult school counselor copes with present problems and long range goals. He is there to provide information and if needed to provide support. The counselor's Professional Preparation: In order to provide this service effectively the student should have the following academic preparation: A. The counselor should be able to administer standardized tests such as tests of aptitude and interpret them for the assistance of the adult student in his planning for educational goals. Thus, testing and evaluation should be an integral part of a counselor education program. B. The counselor is a community resource person and for this reason should have a practicurn with at least one good school counselor who knows community resources

Topics: Adult Education, Counselor Education, Education, L
Publisher: King Saud University
Year: 1982
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:5c7e6229ae02464795be56c95ea39cb4
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