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Integrating contextual factors into counsellor training and practise in Malaysia

M.Sharif Mustaffa.

It is important for Malaysian counsellors to adapt their approaches to accommodate the daily context of multiethnicity and religious diversity of students, issues of teacher collaboration and parent involvement, and service delivery conditions. The failure of counseling approaches to respond to these context may result in client termination, ineffective counselling sessions and the increasing unpopularity or irrelevance of counselling services from the viewpoint of students, teachers, parents and the school community. (Sue & Sue, 1990) Issues that arise from these considerations include the question of how adequately school counsellors are trained to anticipate and respond to these contextual factors, and to what extent they are able to adapt their training models to meet these challenges in daily practice. In this paper, the authors will discussed the part of the finding about integrating contextual factors into counsellor training and practise in Malaysia.


M.Sharif Mustaffa  (Malaysia)
Lecturer / Counselor
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Education
University Technology Malaysia

Mustaffa Sharif, 43 has dedicated 12 years of his life in pursuing the field of counseling as a field of study and practise. By employing his areas if specialization as the vehicle, Mustaffa Sharif has contributed scholarly in all the aspects of counseling, especially educational counseling and counselor training. His contribution are highly acknowledge especially among counselors in Malaysia.

  • Contextual factors
  • Counsellor training
  • Adapt and apply
  • Client responsive
Person as Subject
  • Mustaffa M. Sharif Ahmad Roslee

(30 min Conference Paper, English)