Guidance and Counseling

The Counseling Department consists of the Counselors and Peer Counselors. The Counselors are usually teachers and the Peer Counselors are the students who are trained to assist the Counselors in the execution of their guidance and counseling duties and also to assist their fellow students.

SERVICES: our services are free for students, teaching and non-teaching staff and their dependents.

  • Available services include:
  1. Counselling:
  • Individual Counselling,
  • Group Counselling,
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Counselling,
  • Substance Abuse,
  • Pre-marital/Couples Counselling,
  1. Guidance
  • Information Services
  • Orientation Services
  • The Individual or Appraisal Services
  • Planning, Placement and Follow up
  • Evaluation
  • Referral Services
  • Scholarships

The Accra Academy Guidance and Counselling Department (Counselling Center) provides a broad range of services to members of the Accra Academy community.

Our therapists are licensed professionals and professionals-in-training from a variety of mental health disciplines. They employ many treatment approaches and draw upon a wide range of training and experiences in the field of psychotherapy.

Therapy is available for a wide variety of problems that can include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family problems, grief, school related problems, and general discomfort about what's happening in a person's life, among many other sorts of difficulties.

The Counselling Center places a high priority on privacy and confidentiality. All communications between a client and a counselor, including the decision to seek counseling, are confidential to the full extent provided by law and are not released outside the Counseling Center without a voluntarily signed consent.  

The Counselling Center is here to help students make the most of their Secondary School experience, both personally and academically.

The Counselling Center offers counseling, self-help resources, referrals to private care, workshops, and discussion groups to help students gain the skills and insights they need to overcome adversity and thrive in their life and learning. Any student with a concern they would like to discuss is welcome. For example, students come to the Counseling Center with concerns about their relationships, health, happiness, motivation, behaviors, stress, trauma, or life decisions. Meeting with a counsellor is a chance to explore one's hopes and fears, and determine possible courses of action or resolution in a respectful and warm atmosphere.

Students who seek services at the Counselling Center will initially meet with a counsellor for an intake appointment. During the intake appointment, you will have a chance to discuss your personal concerns and expectations from the counselling process. If it appears that the Counselling Center would be the most appropriate place for you to receive further assistance, you and the intake counsellor will determine which of our services might best suit your needs. These services may include: individual, couple, or group counseling; career counseling and/or career assessments; referral for assessment and treatment for alcohol or other drug abuse; and/or referral to other community resources.

Individual

The Counselling Center offers short-term counseling for students.  During the initial session, referred to as an intake session, the counsellor will determine whether the short-term nature of the counselling offered at the Center is appropriate for the student’s needs. If it is decided that that longer-term or more specialized care is appropriate, then alternative treatment recommendations, including possible referral to mental health providers in the community will be made.

Couple

Couples desiring joint counselling must attend an intake appointment together. At least one person must be currently a staff of the Accra Academy. During the intake session, the counsellor will determine whether couple counselling is appropriate. If it is decided that couple counseling is not appropriate, alternative treatment recommendations will be made

 Mission & Vision

Mission

The mission of the Accra Academy Counseling Center is to enhance student health and wellness by providing mental health services.  The Counseling Center strives to assist students by providing support during times of crisis, facilitating problem resolution, enhancing coping skills, promoting personal growth, and supporting academic success.

Vision

The vision of the Accra Academy Counseling Center is to provide students with innovative, progressive services within an integrated framework that promotes overall health and wellness.  The Counseling Center strives to understand, support, and celebrate diversity and we are dedicated to creating an open and welcoming environment that is safe and comfortable for all those whom we serve and with whom we interact

We are staffed by experienced Counselors who are here to assist students in addressing concerns related to adjusting to secondary school life.

We are committed to enhancing the academic mission of the institution through providing counseling, as well as prevention, education, and outreach activities.

Counseling Center counsels Accra Academy students experiencing personal, academic or vocational problems. We also offer psychological assessment. Our services are primarily short-term in nature, and we ensure strict confidentiality. We make referrals to other helping professionals and community agencies as appropriate. Many services are free to currently enrolled students of the Accra Academy.

A diverse group of individuals composes the Counseling Center’s staff. Our staff’s varied ethnicity, gender, theoretical orientation, and expertise reflect its diversity. Our staff members are generalists skilled at responding to a wide range of issues typical of a secondary school counseling center. Counselors also possess individual skills and interests that help them address the needs and issues of the diverse community of students at the Accra Academy.

Many students have trouble adjusting to the challenges of secondary school life. It is quite common to feel anxious or concerned about your course work, social life, or the everyday pressures of being a secondary school student. The Counseling Center is a place where you can come to talk about these problems. We assist students who are struggling with a variety of difficulties. As a college student, you are likely to experience problems that are not easily resolved. Your usual ways of handling such problems may not be effective or may even be making the problems worse. If you are unsure about whether counseling is for you, we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your concerns with a counsel. Any number of resources the Counseling Center provides could be of assistance to you, and there is no obligation to continue.

(1)

Name:              Kweku Poku Odum (Ps.)

Position:          Guidance and Counselling Coordinator (School Counsellor)

Background:   Currently pursuing an MPhil. in Guidance and Counselling from the Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG). He also holds a BSc. (Hons) Chemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is the Senior Pastor of a thriving church, Praise Harvest Community Church (PHCC) – Ghana. He is also the National Project Manager for the Foundation for Leadership Excellence (FLEX) an NGO that trains and inspires people especially the youth to develop their leadership abilities. He is also a member of the Chapliancy Committee of The Accra Academy.

(2)

Name:              Pearl Agbetor (Mrs.)

Position:          Secretary

(3)

Name:              Kate Ofori-Adomako

Position:          Treasurer

Background:   A Social Studies Teacher with the Social Science Department. Holds B.ED in Social Studies and M. ED in Educational Administration and Management. She is a Deaconess and a Lay Pastor of the Victory Bible Church International and also the Vice President of Victory Counselling Department: Dominion Sanctuary - Headquarters (VBCI).

(4)

Name:              Joseph Effah-Mensah (Elder)

Position:          Member

Background:   Is a Government Teacher. Holds BA in History and Religions and an MA in The Study of Religions. He is an Elder of the Church of Pentecost. A board chairman of Kaneshie Area Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS). He is also the first Presiding Elder of the Deaf Ministry at the Church of Pentecost.

(5)

Name:  `           Docia K. Teiko (Mrs.)

Position:          Member

Background:   A Marriage Counsellor in her church since 2005.

(6)

Name:              Evelyn Ampofo

Position:          Member

Background: Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education – English Language. Certificate ‘A’ three year post. Sec. She is also a Form Mistress and the Patron of the Youth Savings Club in Accra Academy.

(7)

Name:              Sarah A. Sackey

Position:          Member

Background:   Sarah holds a B.Ed. Social Science from the University of Education, Winneba. teaches Economics. She is a Counsellor of the Youth at Emmanuel Assemblies of God Church – Bubiashie, Accra. She is also a Sunday School teacher and the Secretary of the Women’s Ministry Department.

(8)

Name:              Owusu Berrish Daniel

Position:          Member

Background:   A trained teacher from Presbyterian Training College. Holds a B. Ed in Science Education from the University of Education, Winneba. He is an Elder of the Church of Pentecost and also works in the Youth Department of the church. He is a patron to the Students Representative Council (SRC), Blood Donors and the GUNSA.

(9)

Name:              Eric Sey (Mr.)

Position:          Member

Background:   Mr. Eric Sey is a tutor at Accra Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Education in Psychology and Msc. Education and Training management from the University of Cape Coast and University of Portsmouth respectfully. He has got a considerable experience in Guidance and Counselling. He is the Head of Business Department as well as a member of the school counseling committee and chaplaincy committee. Currently he in the rank of Assistant Director I in Ghana Education Service with sixteen years teaching experience at both secondary and tertiary level.   Moreover, Mr. Sey is Academic Counsellor at Institute of Educational Development and Extension at Accra Academy Centre . He is also a Local Preacher of Methodist Church, Ghana, the secretary of Men’s Fellowship at Bethel Methodist Church at New Aplaku, a suburb in Accra and a former Bible Class leader.

(10)

Name:              Nathaniel Amoah (Mr.)

Position:          Member

(11)

Name:              Ernestina Elsie Appiah (Mrs.)

Position:          Member

(12)

Name:              Douglas Ayisi (Mr.)

Position:          Member