From left; Micheal Mulondo, Head of HIV/AIDS Department at IUM; IUM Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kingo Mchombu; PTN Director Marianne Sawyer and PTN Counselling Manager Gertrude Strauss.
IUM, Philippi Trust Namibia sign cooperation agreement
The International University of Management (IUM) and the Philippi Trust Namibia (PTN) recently signed an agreement of cooperation on the provision of health counselling services. As per the agreement PTN will provide professional counselling services to both students and staff at the University. The agreement further makes provision for training in counselling at diploma level.
The counselling services will include one-on-one counselling, group counselling as well as referrals to specialised counselling services.
PTN specialises in dealing with problems related to health problems such as anxiety, stress, depression, loss and change, couple conflicts, HIV/AIDS, neglect and violence, and addiction.
Speaking on behalf of IUM, the Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Kingo Mchombu appreciated the Philippi Trust Namibia for partnering with IUM in this crucial area of counselling.>
On her part, Marianne Sawyers, the director of PTN expressed gratitude that the agreement made provision for the training of IUM students at a diploma level in the near future.
Sawyers pointed out that PTN had footprint across the globe including South Africa, Germany, and England. She added that PTN enforces strict adherence to the rules of counselling.
The Philippi Trust was founded in 1989 by Rev Malcolm Worsley, a Church of England Minister and Probation Officer. He was a Founder Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors in the UK, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association.
IUM Head of HIV/AIDS Department in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Micheal Mulondo, welcomed the agreement and said that it would accord the students in the HIV/AIDS department more opportunities including doing their internships with Philippi Trust Namibia.