Counselling Associations

All Professional Bodies, National Associations (e.g. Mental Health, School, Guidance, Addiction, Faith-based etc.) and Accrediting Organisations.

Uganda Counselling Association

  • Website: +256-751-263-433

Uganda Counselling and Support Services

Universities and Other Education and Training Institutes

Makere University

Kyambogo University

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  • Programme Types: Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Bachelor of Guidance and Counselling, Master of Counselling Psychology, Master of Organisational Psychology, PhD in Educational Psychology
  • Upcoming programmes: Bachelors programme in Community Psychology, Bachelors programme in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Bachelors programme in Clinical Psychology, Master of Educational Psychology, PhD in Counselling Psychology and Online counselling Psychology programme 

Nkumba University

Uganda Martyrs University

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  • Programme Types: Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling, Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling, Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Social Development and Counselling, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Master of Mental Health Counselling Psychology (with four areas of specialisation: Gerontology; Child and Adolescent Counselling; Marital Counselling; Addictive Behaviours and Addiction Counselling)

University of the Sacred Heart Gulu

Islamic University in Uganda

Victoria University Kampala

Bugema University

Bishop Stuart University

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  • Programme Types: Diploma in Community Psychology, Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration, Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration, Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling, Postgraduate Diploma In Counselling, Master of Science In Counselling Psychology, Master of Social Work

Kampala University

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  • Programme Types: Guidance and Counselling (Short course), HIV/AIDS Counselling (Short course), Group and family Counselling (Short course)

Mountains of The Moon University

Kabale University

Africa Renewal University

African Bible University

Ankole Western University

Ibanda University

Team University

Metropolitan International University

Lira University

Kayiwa International University

Ndejje University

St Lawrence University Uganda

East African Professional Counselling Institute Limited

Counselling Agencies, Services, Group Practices, Counselling Centres

New Dawn Counselling Psychotheraphy

Healing Talk Counselling Service

  • Website: https://healing-talk 

Apple Hidden Treasure – Uganda/International Counselling – Kampala

Inspiration Center Uganda

Amani Psychotherapy & Advocacy Centers

Tumaini Counselling Centres

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Background & Context

Counselling in Uganda can be traced from its roots and foundations in three areas such as non formal guidance system offered in the traditional system, family, guidance and counselling which are offered in schools for choosing subjects and careers and counselling offered to curb the 30-year epidemic of HIV/AIDS (Senyonyi, Ochieng, & Sells, 2012)

Counselling in Uganda has been a major contributing factor in the fight against HIV/AIDS (Uganda Counselling Association [UCA], 2007). In order to deal with the issue with a high number of people that are infected in the diseases the counselling services are provided and often train counsellors. The services provided by HIV centres since 1990 included voluntary counselling and testing (VCT). There is a move now to community-based counselling as an attempt to broaden and add depth to HIV/ AIDS counselling (Balmer, Seeley, & Bachengana, 1996; Kaleeba et al., 1997).
On the other hand, the profession of Guidance and Counselling in schools were supported by the Ministry of Education and Sports which was established in 1968 to streamline counselling in school (MOE, 2004). The Department of Guidance and Counselling became autonomous in 2008 and is instrumental in spearheading counselling programs in schools (MOE, 2010). The services are available in school both in primary and secondary, universities

Current Regulatory Status / Level of Recognition:

An important step in the development of professional counselling has been the establishment of (UCA), an NGO formed in March 2002 to bring together all professional counsellors in Uganda.
Currently, UCA has more than 800 members with 15 corporate associates that include institutions of higher learning, HIV/AIDS service organizations, and government departments. The objectives of UCA are to provide a forum for professional counsellors, create an enabling environment for the ethical and professional practice of counselling, encourage the provision of quality counselling, and promote professionalism through education and training. 

Practice Settings

Associations, counselling centres, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), hospitals, government health centres, private owned medical and counselling clinics, churches, communities, workplaces, police stations, and prisons (Senyonyi, Ochieng, & Sells, 2012).

Challenges & Trends

  •  Counselling has not been embraced by many Ugandans, and there are some who hold negative attitudes toward the practice, especially where there are still strong superstition and myth practices.
  • Counsellor training in Uganda is conducted in English, the official language used in schools, yet most clients express themselves more fluently in their native tongue. Language diversities often become a stumbling block to effective multi-cultural counselling and assessment and hinder the counselling process when clients cannot express the complexity of their thoughts and feelings or discuss effectively charged issues because of language barriers (Romero, 1985). 
  • The current challenge for most schools is a lack of trained counsellors.
  • Data that has been reported estimated that 1,101,317 people were living with HIV, with up to 350,000 people believed to have AIDS in Uganda (Government of Uganda, 2010). 

Additional Information & References

For more information about the counselling profession in the state, interested readers are encouraged to read the following journal and website articles:

  • Balmer, D. H., Seeley, J., & Bachengana, C. (1996). The role of counselling in community support for HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 9, 177–190. doi:10.1080/09515079608256362
  • Government of Uganda. (2010). UNGASS country progress report: Uganda. Retrieved from uganda_2010_country_progress_report_en.pdf 
  • Kaleeba, N., Kalibala, S., Kaseje, M., Ssebbanja, P., Anderson, S., van Praag, E., . . .Katabira, E. (1997). Participatory evaluation of counseling, medical and social services of The AIDS Sup- port Organization (TASO) in Uganda. AIDS Care, 9, 13–26. doi:10.1080/09540129750125307
  • Ministry of Education and Sports. (2004). The national report on the development of education in Uganda at the beginning of the 21st century. Retrieved from
  • Ministry of Education and Sports. (2010). About the Department of Guidance & Counselling. Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 1, 1–2. Retrieved from G&C%20Journal.pdf
  • Uganda Counselling Association. (2007). [Strategic development plan (2008–2012).]Unpublished raw data. 
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