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Following extensive research that used the same methodology as for all other Latin-American countries, we were unable to find any evidence of organised counselling structures (e.g. associations, counsellor education programs, counselling services) in Nicaragua. Although disappointing, we hope that having identified the absence of counselling through this mapping project, we will be able to seek ways in which to advocate for the inclusion of counselling in the Nicaraguan government’s plans to improve the mental health and well-being of their population. This engagement will take place as part of IAC advocacy in the Latin American region.
The sporadic examples of the practice of counselling that we found in Nicaragua are:
- A WaterAid program that involved counselling sessions being provided (by psychologists) to address social problems faced by communities in Puerto Cabezas, in Northern Nicaragua.
- A UNICEF program that provided trauma counselling for disaster-affected children following hurricane and volcanoes.