Counselling Psychology will liberate victims of abuse, says Professor Gesinde
As an applied field of Psychology, Counselling Psychology, could be employed to put a stop to unwarranted activities of virus directed toward the human soul, declared a faculty in the Department of Psychology, Covenant University, Professor Abiodun Gesinde. He made this declaration on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the 13th Inaugural Lecture of Covenant University, where he delivered a lecture on the topic, ‘Psychological Virus Undermining Children and Adolescents’ Development: The Anti-Viral In Counselling Psychology’ (https://goo.gl/GdkEqm).
Noting that four groups of individuals namely children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly can suffer abuse from significant and non-significant persons in their lives; the Inaugural lecturer said he deliberately focused on the first two groups, citing the importance attached to children by Africans, and the future role of adolescents in national development, as well as emotional turbulence associated with the stage of life.
Shedding light on what psychological virus entails, Professor Gesinde said “Psychological virus is about virus-like abuse in the human soul suffered by all categories of human beings from significant and non-significant others. It is virus-like abuse, both minor and major, that is targeted at the human soul with the sole intent of making the human soul impotent”.
The Professor of Counseling Psychology explained that babies and pre-school children, who are being emotionally abused or neglected may; be overly-affectionate towards strangers, lack confidence, become wary, anxious, appear not to have a close relationship with their parents; and be aggressive or nasty towards other children and animals.
The attainment of full potentials by children, according to Professor Gesinde, is dependent on the assistance rendered by significant others in their life such as parents, caregivers, guardians, babysitters, and teachers. He added that as a result of their tender nature, parents are expected to keep their children from danger, as well as make them comfortable. “Unfolding events in the recent past, both in the developed and developing nations of the world however indicate that what a substantial number of these children receive from significant others in lieu of love, care, and support is maltreatment,” he stated.
Amongst his recommendations, Professor Gesinde suggested that just as people have family doctors and pastors, they should have family counsellors who will diagnose the existence of the psychological virus in their families among other professional responsibilities, as virus in the soul is more dangerous than the virus in the computer. Also, premised on his strong belief that all human problems cannot be spiritual, Professor Gesinde suggested that mission schools should review the way they under-utilised counselling services in their respective institutions with a view to maximising its overall benefits.
In her remarks, the Secretary, Education, Professor Bridget Sokan, representing the Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, said that the lecture presented a true reflection of events for most children and adolescents’, as abuse is something members of the audience have witnessed or experienced. She said that, because of the global recession, which ensured parents are so busy and hardly have time for their children, a lot of abuse takes place. “I think that the virus is there, and we have either seen it or witnessed it, and that the inaugural lecturer is sensitising us to it makes us alive to what we should do,” she averred.
Professor Sokan, who appreciated the inaugural lecturer and all those who supported him to be able to do justice to this lecture, said as a faith-based mission one anti-virus that is so effective today, tomorrow, and forever is the Word of God. She urged parents to build confidence in their wards through the Word of God, ensuring they can go anywhere and stand for what is right.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, had asserted that as a people, Africa needs to recognise that in creating the desired future characterised by values and virtues that foster development and prosperity, children and adolescents must be nurtured and protected. He added that “As a university, Covenant is keen on stirring and engaging in public discussions that will reshape our national values and lubricate our drive towards national development in all spheres”.
The 13th inaugural lecture, which had in attendance the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu, the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo, other members of Management, the Senate, Principal Officers, faculty, staff, and students, also featured invited guests from all walks of life.