This research is aimed at the needs of counsellors working with children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. A lack of sufficient guidelines for this field has been identified in the relevant literature. This shortage has been confirmed by experienced counsellors working with children. To reach the required goal a number of objectives were set. This included setting up a theoretical framework by way of a literature study as well as consultation with experts in the field; studying the developmental needs of children in the mid childhood phase and how these needs are influenced by HIV/AIDS; the need for guidance of children affected by AIDS as well as the role that counsellors can play in this regard. An empirical study was undertaken during which focus group interviews were held with a group of lay counsellors as well as a group of trained counsellors. Ten participants took part in the focus groups. Applied research was undertaken as the researcher aimed at establishing the true needs of counsellors working in the field. The empirical data showed the following: Ø Counsellors feel that they have a specific role to play during the therapy with AIDS-affected children. Ø Counsellors have definite views on the needs of children affected by AIDS. Ø Counsellors have listed specific skills and training needed by therapists working with these children. Ø Counsellors have listed definite shortcomings and needs that they experience in their work with AIDS-affected children. The basic need for the establishing of a protocol to be used in guidance of children infected and affected by AIDS was one of the key findings of the study.
Dissertation (MSD (Play Therapy))--University of Pretoria, 2005.