On January 22nd, Dr Pratik gave a career counselling lecture to students in Ahmedabad's 10th grade. As you can all see, there was an enormous response.
He says, The concept of guidance has emerged many years ago and it is as old as human civilization. In earlier times, guidance was offered to the young people by elders in the family and the family priest gave guidance to those in distress. This practice continues even today, in India, where people acquire guidance from the family priest, significant elders in the family, palmist, astrologer or numerologist in personal, educational, vocational or political matters. Guidance, as an organized professional activity, dates back to 1905 and this is because of the work of Frank Parsons, Boston, USA.
The author of the classic ‘Choosing a Vocation’ and his efforts to help find the Vocation Bureau, made him a pioneer in the guidance movement in America. Various social reformers followed Pearson and contributed to the guidance movement. In India, guidance as an organized professional activity is more than four decades old.
From the beginning, we find that more experienced persons have been guiding less experienced or inexperienced persons. However, guidance at that time was limited and life was also simple as compared to today. Due to the complexities in present-day lives, guidance has become an integral component for better adjustment and this has called for specialized persons to give guidance and thus has helped individuals to adjust to social realities and live happy lives. Guidance - unorganized and informal existed in all places and at all levels and has been a vital aspect in various spheres, especially in the educational scenario.
Counselling has been understood and defined in a number of ways.
According to Cormier and Hackney (1987), counselling is defined as a “helping relationship that includes –
a) someone seeking help,
b) someone willing to give help who is capable or trained to help,
c) a setting that permits help to be given and received.
Arbuckle has mentioned three points about counselling. They are:
a) Counselling is a process between two persons.
b) The basic aim of counselling is to help the person in solving his problems Independently.
c) Counselling is a professional job involving professionally trained persons.
The following points below will give a clear picture as to what counselling is not. What counselling is not:
Counselling is not giving information alone, though the information may be present
Counselling is not giving advice
Counselling is not influencing the clients’ values, attitudes, beliefs, interests or decisions with or without any scolding, or compelling the use of physical force.
Counselling is not interviewing, though interviewing is involved.
Therefore, the main objective of counselling is to bring about a voluntary change
in the client.
Counselling can be of two types, individual or group. Individual counselling is done face-to-face and Group counselling is done with a group of individuals.
Group counselling is a useful way of helping adolescents for addressing issues that are related to peer group influence.
Who can benefit from Counselling?
At any point in time have you approached an elder in your family or teacher asking for guidance? If so, recall the incident and how was the experience.
All of us irrespective of our age, sex and profession have been taking help from our elders, teachers and friends in solving certain problems. However, you might have faced situations where you would have felt the need to take help from a professional or trained and experienced person such as a counsellor.
If we have a problem that we are unable to solve and because of which not able to carry on day-to-day activities, then we can go and seek professional help. All of us can benefit from counselling provided we need such professional help. Counselling can also form an integral part of the healing process for those who have lost a loved one, or who are suffering from a terminal illness, helping them to come to terms with death and bereavement. Specialists are available for areas of specific need, for example, Educational, Career Counselling, Family, Personal and Marriage Counselling.
Group Counselling is beneficial for people to share their feelings and receive advice from those in similar circumstances such as victims and survivors of disasters
About Dr Pratik Mungekar
1) He is the first Indian to be appointed as the planetary Minister of Sustainable Development of Newly emerging The Kingdom of Atlantis (a Decentralized Sovereign Kingdom)
2) He is the first youngest Indian whose book Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (Non-Academic) is now part of the Atlantean Education program.
3) He is the first youngest Indian to receive 300+ Honorary Doctorates from all over the world.
4)He is the first youngest Indian professor who taught more than 8000+ Students & Career guided 4000+ Students to date & the count is still on.
5) He is the first Indian who has 850+ International, National & State Awards 6 National Patents, and 15 World Records at the age of 28 for his contribution to the field of Teaching & Research.
6) He is the first youngest Indian to receive 125+ Honorary High Degrees across the Globe.
7) He is the first Indian to be appointed by 45+ International organizations to various High-positions at the same time.
8) He is the first youngest Indian to be appointed as Ambassador by 46 organizations of many countries in almost all disciplines.
9) He is the first Indian youngest professor to start teaching at the age of sixteen, the age of twenty Seven He has completed twelve years of Teaching.
10) He is the first Youngest Indian to receive Royal & Prestigious Titles such as 1)Lecturus Magnificus (L.M.), 2) H.R.H. 5* Duke.
11) First Youngest Indian to receive Mendeleev’s Fellowship ( United Kingdom’s Highest Academic Honour).
12)First Indian to receive the distinguished title “Professor Wisdom” from Institución Cultural Colombiana Casa Poética Magia y Plumas, Colombia South America.
13) Visting faculty in many National & Foreign Universities.
14) Director of Research & Innovation
OXFAA University, Lighthouse Leadership University.
15) Vice Chancellor
Unified Theological Seminary USA
University of Kingdom of Atlantis
Today, the name of Prof. Dr Pratik Rajan Mungekar is no longer common but is emerging as a distinguished Scientist, Professor, World Educationist, Published Writer, Counsellor, Social Worker, and an International Speaker