Asian Journal of Counselling


1996.第4卷第1及2期(Vol. 4 Nos. 1 & 2).pp. 111–121


The Thirteen Dos and Don'ts in Counselling the Elderlies

關銳愃(Y. H. KWAN)




The rapid increas of elderly population worldwide is an undebatable fact. We are aware of the government and non-governmental efforts in providing welfare services for the older persons in Hong Kong. But among the various welfare services for the elderly, mental health and counselling are still severely behind in both quantity and quality. In this paper, we will first introduce the nine basic criteria for an effective counsellor for older persons. Then we will discuss the thirteen dos and don'ts in counselling the elderly with concrete case excerpts. Hopefully we can draw the attention of the helping professionals regarding the needs of counselling services for older persons, consequentially upgrading the quality and quantity of such services in future.