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The INSPIRE project : using the ‘unknown’ to co-construct a training course on humanistic counselling in Afghanistan

Berdondini, Lucia and Grieve, Sandra and Kaveh, Ali (2014) The INSPIRE project : using the ‘unknown’ to co-construct a training course on humanistic counselling in Afghanistan. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 36.

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Abstract

This article details a collaborative project between the University of Strathclyde (UK) and the University of Herat (Afghanistan). The aim was to co-construct a model of training, based on humanistic approaches, in order to enhance counselling services in Afghanistan and to establish counselling training at the University of Herat. Two groups of participants received 120 h training each. In February 2014 a selected group received a further training for trainers. Strengths and limitations of this project are explored as well as its impact on the Afghan community and further developments for counselling in this context.