Counseling and Poverty Alleviation

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University of Cape Coast, Ghana and University of Ilorin, Nigeria


Counseling is an enlightened process whereby professional counselors assist in facilitating growth and development among clients through an exercise of self understanding. Poverty is an age long problem which has characterized the developing nations. The effects of poverty on individuals and the society at large can not be over stressed. For instance: poverty leads to ignorance, malnutrition, poor health, begging, and prostitution, child labour, child trafficking and other social exclusion problems. Poverty is also capable of setting stage for deviance. Counseling as an essential part of education, aims at assisting individuals to actualize their potentials in order to reduce and eradicate poverty, illiteracy, diseases, ignorance, prostitution and other forms of negativity hindering national development. In view of the need to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to contribute to national development, this paper highlights the usefulness of counseling in alleviating poverty and offers some suggestions on how counseling can be employed to reduce poverty in Nigeria.


Refereed paper from the international conference


Counselling, Poverty, Poverty Alleviation


Yahaya, L. A., Oniye, A. O. & Mustapha, M. L. A. (2009). Counseling and Poverty Alleviation. In K. Opoku Agyemang (ed). Culture, Science and Substainable Development in Africa (320-330), Cape Coast: University Press.