Exploring the Importance of Collaborative Approaches to Community-based Counselling Interventions in Local Communities

Frank Lamadoku Attila

College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast., Ghana.

Bernice Serwaa Ofosuhene Peasah

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Stephen Ofori

Counselling Centre, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Dominic Nti Buabeng

Directorate of Students’ Affairs, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Mathew Amoako

Ghana University Staff Superannuation Scheme, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Samrat Ray

International Institute of Management Studies, Pune, India.

Grace Yeboah *

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development, Ghana.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Collaborative counselling and community-based interventions are recognised as important strategies for addressing various challenges faced by local communities.

Aim: This study explores attitudes and perceptions towards collaborative counselling and community-based counselling interventions.

Methods: Using a qualitative design and semi-structured interview guide, data were collected through interviews with five interviewees (including two Native Doctors).

Data Analysis: The Braun and Clarke's Reflexive Thematic Analysis was employed to analyse the data.

Findings: Collaborative approaches, involving community members and organisations in intervention development and implementation, were perceived as effective and sustainable. Cultural sensitivity and ongoing professional development were highlighted as crucial for the successful implementation of community-based counselling interventions.

Recommendations: Guidance and counselling practitioners should recognise the value of community-based interventions, develop collaborative skills, incorporate cultural sensitivity, advocate for these interventions, and engage in continuous professional development.

Contribution to Knowledge: This study contributes to the growing body of knowledge on the effectiveness and sustainability of community interventions in guidance services, underscoring the importance of collaborative approaches.

Keywords: Collaborative counselling, counselling approaches, community-based intervention, cultural sensitivity, native doctors and reflexive thematic analysis

How to Cite

Attila , Frank Lamadoku, Bernice Serwaa Ofosuhene Peasah, Stephen Ofori, Dominic Nti Buabeng, Mathew Amoako, Samrat Ray, and Grace Yeboah. 2024. “Exploring the Importance of Collaborative Approaches to Community-Based Counselling Interventions in Local Communities”. Advances in Research 25 (4):167-75. https://doi.org/10.9734/air/2024/v25i41092.


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