TESTIMONIES FROM STUDENTS
Hon. Alfred Doh Nukpetsi, Ada Centre, Lecturer, Ada College of Education: I got enrolled into Akona School of Counselling Ghana to enhance my knowledge in counselling. At the end of the programme, my family benefited a lot. Before this programme, I had a strained relationship with my wife because of some trivial matters. Sometimes, we had silence period for about a week without either partner talking to the other whilst sleeping on the same bed. During counselling lectures, we learnt terms like “world view” and “the dying person” which I started sharing with her. Today, I can boldly say that my family is one of the happiest in the world if not the best. Through Akona, I am now able to prepare a will, write vision and mission statements for establishments, prepare a detailed business plan and proposal writing.
Actually, I have never regretted enrolling in Akona School of Counselling. Long live graduants, long live Akona, and long live Ghana.
(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Madam Dina Mamle Okai; Educationist, Odumase-Krobo Centre: I was at home when suddenly my son came in with excitement about one school he has come across. As he began to speak about the School of Counselling, I just brushed him off saying ‘what is School of counselling? Do you need to go to counselling school before you can counsel? We do counseling everyday.’ Little did I know that Akona School of Counselling Ghana has come to impact mankind especially me. My son persisted in convincing me and after some futile attempts I gave in.
Akona School of Counselling Ghana has really blessed me. She has broadened my knowledge about so many things. The lesson ‘everybody is a dying person’ has helped me to minimize my worries. It has made me know that a lot of people need my help and that I should be available for them. How would I have managed the recent fire out break that engulfed and destroyed all my properties? Thanks to God for Akona School of Counselling Ghana I have come to know every counselor needs another counsellor.
Thanks to Rev. Abraham Konotey Ahulu.
Long Live Akona School of Counselling Ghana and her extension to the rest of the world.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Prophet Charles Impraim; General Overseer Fountain House Chapel, Accra, Theology Class: Anonymous said "strange how much you've got to know before you know how little you know". I thought with my eighteen years experience in ministry I know much about ministry that I don't need any form of training but I got to know I was wrong when I enrolled in Akona School of Counseling Ghana, I realized I don't know at all.
The School has been a tremendous blessing to me as a minister of the Gospel. I have learnt how to be effective as a leader and now know how to handle people irrespective of their character and why they behave the way they do and how to help them out. I have also learnt how to raise effective leaders and how to interpret the scriptures very well. The school has help me, my ministry and my family than I ever thought, I now know what I thought I knew is less helpful, like Hilton then said "Education in the deepest sense is continuous and lifelong and in essence unfishable. What we think we already know is often less helpful than the desire to learn ".
Whoever earnestly seeks knowledge or change in ministry, marriage or family, I highly and confidently recommend Akona School of Counselling Ghana for you, your ministry, marriage and family.
Mama Nora; Educationist & Royal House Chapel Pastor’s Wife, Accra Centre: I am a teacher by profession and a pastor’s wife. I wish to thank the Director and Management of Akona School of Counselling Ghana for making my dreams come true. My world view has changed. The course has opened my mind and enhanced my ability to handle people and issues in my life.
I wish all pastors and their wives would be enrolled in the School. God bless the Director and Long Live Akona School.
Mrs. Mabel Kessewa Davis; Educationist, Tema Centre: All thanks to God for upholding me to go through this intensive programme. I had a background of Guidance and Counselling from the University of Education, Winneba. However, Akona School programme has opened and expanded my overall knowledge and outlook. I have acquired knowledge on Premarital Counseling, Stress Management, and Anthropology etc. The icing on the cake is the enlightenment I have acquired in writing business plan and business proposal as well as will making. At my ripe age of 65 years, I feel so elated that I cannot wait to plunge into my passion. Thanks to Rev. Konotey Ahulu and his vision; I feel young again. God bless you and Akona Management.
Madam Augustina Ladjeh Nartey; Municipal Director of Social Welfare Department of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly: We live in a fast moving world that put undue pressure on our lifestyles which tend to negatively impact on our lives. As a professional social worker, Akona School of Counselling Ghana has been a blessing to me and to Department of Social Welfare in general.
Indeed, for those on my staff who had the opportunity to go through the programmes outlined in the module, it has given us an added impetus over colleagues who have not availed themselves. The course has equipped me with a wealth of knowledge in areas such as conflict management and refreshed my specialized skills in handling individuals, families and community groups.
While I give thanks to the Almighty God, I also extend a sincere appreciation to Director and staff of Akona School of Counselling, Ghana and recommend that everyone especially social workers should take advantage of this programme.
Jonathan Kwame Adzorgenu Mensah, General Overseer; Calvary Praise Christian Centre; Lashibi Centre: I would like to say that Akona School came for my sake. I have learnt how to write business proposals, my own will and much more learnt how to communicate effectively with my clients. My ministry, my family and people around me have experienced the impact of Akona School in my life. I am now writing my own personal constitution which is going to guide me in life. Thanks to Akona.
Paulina Essel; Social Worker, CHRAJ, Accra: I was so overwhelmed by the course outline. I was taken through a host of subjects including Business planning; writing of proposals which I least expected that I will have knowledge in as far as counseling is concerned. My encounter with Akona has deepened my knowledge on human personality.
I have come to understand myself better than I used to know and as a result my approach to issues has changed tremendously. At first I may be angry at the least provocation but after Akona, I have come to appreciate people.
I also realized that most of our inventions as social workers are mediation, advice, suggestions and the like. Most Complainants leave our offices peeved even though they had consented to the mediation process and worse is the Respondents. I now treat my clients with more respect and understanding. I hope to continue and also educate my colleagues to impact these on the clients who access our services.
I need to commend the school for giving such an in-depth training which has enhanced my personality, my relationship and my job schedule.
On behalf of my colleagues, I say: GOD BLESS AKONA!
Mr. Zottor Raymond- Tutor, SOGASCO, Tefle Centre: Akona has made me know myself–my traits, motivational gifts etc. And this has
opened me up into understanding my clients’ problems, especially my students in the classroom and church members; on how to assist them to identify their problems and make decisions to their effect.
I have acquired an in-depth knowledge about writing Business Plan, Proposal Writing and writing of Individual/Organizational Constitutions. Thank you Akona.
Emmanuel Godwill Ntaidu Bethel Liberty Gospel Church: After joining Akona School of Counselling Ghana for four years, I realized that I was not what I used to think I am. I now know the difference between counselling and advising people. Akona School taught me to know how to approach counselling and the use of the techniques in counselling. The Counselling and Theological course has prepared me to handle any problem that I may encounter in my life: in the family and in the church, as well as the community, and also how to associate myself with other people without causing mess to them. After Akona, I have been attracted to people ready to serve under my ministry, and they live comfortably because of the knowledge I have acquired. Most of the people who are serving under my ministry feel secure in the ministry. “Knowledge is indeed power.”
Thanks to Akona School.
Testimony by Mr. Samuel Pythias Atali, Lecturer; Ada College of Education; Course Prefect Ada Centre: I have come to realize that most of our problems arise from our different world views. I have changed my world view on a whole lot and this is helping me in my marriage. I am able to relate well with my staff members and students. I never knew that every counsellor needs another counsellor and as a counsellor you need to do more listening than talking. All these techniques are helping me to be an effective counsellor. Thanks a lot to Akona School of Counselling Ghana.
(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Foster Mawunedi, Senior Pastor; Perez Chapel Int. & course co-ordinator Yeji Centre: The period of training as a student at Akona School of Counselling Ghana was instructive and educative. It has boost up my inter-human relation and my marriage life. I have got to know that the counselor also needs counselling. It was a life changing experience. I thank God for the life of the Director of the school, Management and lectures for imparting in these values. It is and eye opener.
(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Mrs. Stella Nyumuah; Headmistress, GES, Nkurakan Centre: I am a Guidance and Counselling Coordinator (B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling) and a Practising Counsellor for the past six years before I enrolled at Akona.
I have gained more knowledge and acquired more experience. Some of the courses that impacted my life were as follows: JOHARIS Theory of Self-Awareness, TNA, the Systems Theory, Temperaments, Genetic Counselling, Proposal Writing, Organisation and Family Constitution Development etc.
The course has changed my world view to understand others views points on issues than before. Professionally, this course has helped me as an administrator to understand my staff members. My interaction with them has improved because I am able to accommodate and handle most situations than before.
Finally, God bless the school for equipping me to assist married couples in diverse ways.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Daniel Tukpeyi, Accra Centre, Theology Class: I was a very good Christian Leader but with a very poor theology background. I was very timid when it came to defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ because my knowledge level is very low and my understanding in the Word is limited. I was very judgmental and believed in judgmental prayers.
My first day in Akona School made me realize that I was in total darkness. I was confused and disturbed because my mind was already sealed on wrong doctrine before I came to AKONA School. But from that day as I began to read, study and cross check what I was taught, I realized the teachings were biblical. Since then AKONA has impacted a lot into my life. I am now theologically balanced; I know
who a leader is and what a leader is not. I know the difference between the Old and New Testaments (I will preach the NT which is the reality and make reference from the OT which is the shadow and not vice versa).
Above all, the director and his wife are really good, very loving and accommodative. They teach with passion.
Akona is a light to our generations.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Bishop Dr. Samuel L. Kumi, BA; BTH; MA (Ch. Edu.); DD; FCEM PhD, Tema Centre, President and Presiding Bishop, International Gospel Ministers Fellowship: I have been a full-time minister for the past 17 years. I have been involved in various kind of counselling for which I consider myself a professional. I then decided to obtain a diploma to add up to my credentials.
Upon this I join the Akona School of counselling Ghana, where I acquired the skill and expertise in counselling. This has afforded me the ability to train other counsellors especially those in my church and ministerial fellowship. This course has also enhanced my marriage relationship and has also enriched my leadership skills in dealing with the members of the International Gospel Ministers Association which I lead.
I will therefore recommend this reputable institution Akona School of counselling Ghana to any professionals who wish to upgrade themselves in any form of counselling.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Nil Emmanuel Tetteh Oglie, Tema Centre, Acting Chief of Nmlitsakpo - Kpone: I have being greatly honored by GOD ALMIGHTY to be part of the 2014 past students of the famous AKONA SCHOOL OF COUNSELLING GHANA, graduants. When I was informed by Eld. Jacob/Annan Tetteh; the General Administrator of Divine Apostolic Church -Ghana, to be part of this School of Counselors, I nearly reject the offer due to some challenges beyond my control, but with little faith, I accepted it.
Today am testifying here to the glory of GOD, that since I joined the School in February 2013, almost all the challenges I was encountering with as a Traditional Ruler and also a minister of GOD has being resolved. Yes "lack of knowledge my people perishes."
The lessons that we were thought by the Executive Director Hon Abraham Konotey Ahulu and the Co-ordinator Hon Mensah and a few guest lecturers, had a great impact on my work at the palace and at my church has being a wonderful blessing. The program has also given me more exposure to many great men of GOD; it has made me have so many considerations' to other’s world views. People who comes to consultation at the palace has now being seeing a new wisdom in our interactions to the glory of GOD. Now the challenges I used to have during my interactions and counseling every morning at my palace has reduced radically. In fact, I have being a total blessing to my subjects, church and my counselees. Glory be to GOD ALMIGHTY! Amen.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Rev. Alex Ofori Amankwaa, Koforidua Centre Co-ordinator; Senior Pastor Koforidua Central A/G and Immediate Past Eastern Regional Supt. Assemblies of God: I registered to be a student of Akona School of Counseling Ghana (Department of Psycho-social Counselling) Koforidua Branch, in 2012, and I can boldly state that I have never regretted being part of this school. The course has been a real blessing to me personally, as well as my pastoral work and my family. There were many things we learnt that prepares individuals to be all round in acquiring the requisite knowledge for successful living, but the lessons on leadership, writing project proposals, budgeting, preparing a will, marriage counseling and techniques in counseling have had greater impact on me and my ministry.
The course has me to improve my leadership and counseling skills. I have learnt better ways of inter-personal relationships; providing and charting organizational vision and goals; mobilizing resources to fulfill such goals and individual's values as well as better techniques in counseling.
The Executive Director, Rev. Konotey and his wife have a warm reception, and their approach in the delivery of subjects enhances effective learning. The frequent interruptions of "Now, what have you learnt?" keeps people alert in class focused. Group discussions and the various interactions with people from various denominations and the public sector give room for acquiring rich experiences.
The Principal, Prosper Mausorley, has always been another source of inspiration any time he visited to lecture. His approach to "Adult Learning" is great and encouraging.
The richness of the course materials as well as the in-depth knowledge exhibited by the lecturers is so amazing that I keep saying "This is not a Diploma Course but a Degree Programme”. To the vision carrier, Rev. Konotey, I say Ayekoo!
AKONA SCHOOL OF PSYCHO-SOCIAL COUNSELING is a school with a difference and I confidently recommend it to everyone regardless of your age and status in life.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Pastor Victor K. Duvorn, District Pastor, The Church of Pentecost; Course Coodinator, Tefle, Volta Region: Before this course, I have been doing counselling but how to start and end it was a problem.
The course has been of help to me because I can now help my clients through facilitation to analyze their problems and come out with lasting solutions.
The study on adult psychology has greatly helped me to understand the behavior and characteristics of adults and to how relate with them. I meet people every day in my ministry and I can handle them well by understanding their worldviews and temperaments.
Personally, the course has changed my perception about people. People behave alternatively, and they need to be understood, appreciated and encouraged. I have also learnt that I should not assume that I understand my clients’ terminologies but probe further for clarifications. The course has also moved me higher academically by becoming a qualified counsellor.
My family is blessed through this course since I can now understand why my children behave in a certain way. I have now seen the need to appreciate and encourage my children to study hard.
The course materials are very rich and I’m grateful to the organizers. May God richly bless AKONA School of counselling for the good work they are doing.(3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Mr. Paul Anim Adjei, Ghana National Fire Service, Koforidua Centre: This course has really blessed my life, both personal and marital. In fact, I am now a better person after the course. My worldview has changed and I now more positive than I use to be.
I am now a servant leader at home which is a great surprise to my family. This School is a must attend for all married couples and people aspiring to be visionary leaders.
I am grateful to God for the live of the Executive Director and the entire Akona School of Counselling team (3rd Graduation - April 2014)
Pastor, Abraham Yartey, Accra: Akona School of Counselling Ghana is known for her quality training and service in Theology, Counselling and Leadership. For the handful of time I had with Akona, I received lectures which changed my way of thinking and understanding of the Scriptures. My attitude and ministry is being powered for greater heights. God bless Akona.
(1st Graduation - November 2010)
Mr.Yeboah-Kore J.B, Ghana Publishing Company, Accra Centre: I am Human Right Advocate and an organisation gazetting officer for the past decade. Upon enrolling with Akona School of Counselling Ghana my world view and working skills have been improved. I now have more clients coming to me for business. God bless the vision carrier and his team.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Belinda Agyepong-Bekoe (Mrs.), Deputy OIC, Ablekuman South Metro, GES: Akona School of Counselling Ghana is really a blessing to the Ghanaian populace and to Africa in general. Initially, I thought counselling is only for people about to enter into marriage or people with known problems, but with Akona I have realized that even the Counsellor also needs counselling. Through Akona I got to know that all problems are all normal and that when they occur man should not run away but sit down and solve it. May the good Lord bless the dreamer, the visioner and the implementer for allowing himself to be used to serve humanity.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Miss Gertrude Weguri Achana Officer in-charge of Community Care Department Of Social Welfare, Ashaiman Municipality: I am so glad. As a pastor I can now deal with peoples mind and handle people’s issues through the application of psychosocial counselling. Psychosocial Counselling has giving me knowledge on Social Counselling,
Counselling Psychology, Anthropology, Secular Counselling and Christian Counselling. I can now handle marital problems in my church with ease. I was also trained to write a proposal, constitutions, business plans and law of contracts which has helped me to develop and expand my business. Thank you Akona.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Rev. Chris Hoggar, Pastor and School Proprietor, Ashaiman: As a social worker working on many issues in Ashaiman communities and in partnership with individuals, families and groups experiencing marginalization, disadvantage or social difficulties this course was timely for me. Though several lessons have been learnt during the course, there were few sensitive ones that cannot be ignored in the handling of some particular cases. One of the topics treated and which I found very important was the one that talked about history of a client which involves biography from infancy and its related issues to adult life.This course has sharpened my skills to serve a cosmopolitan community such as Ashaiman effectively. I’m grateful to Akona.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Mr. J.T. A Partey, Tutor, Ada Senior High & Course Prefect Ada Centre: The period of training and studies at Akona School of Counselling brought to the fore a lot of interesting and educative interactions. It was a life changing experience. It was also realized that to live means to affect other lives positively, to solve your own problems and assist others from their predicaments, to develop oneself while you help others to also develop themselves. It is also important that we relate well with one another having the understanding that each one of us is a unique being with different ideologies and world views. Kudos to Akona School of Counselling.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Grace Amissah, DOVVSU, Ada: I work with the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU/ADA) which we mostly deal with victims of Domestic Violence, Defilementand Rape. I now know my temperament and character traits and understand the way people behave sometimes, and that most of the problems that we go through are not caused by Satan alone but are genetic and our wrong or differences in word view. I used to advice client who seek for help at my office but thanks to ASOC I no longer advice but rather counsel and help them go through the trauma and stress they feel and assist them to make a clear meaningful decision. This course has really had impact on my life and I have learnt a lot of lessons from it. In deed am really blessed and i thank God and Akona school of counselling Ghana (ASOC).
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Mrs. Oladepo, Midwife Dangme East Hospital, Ada: I thank God for our director and the vision God has given to him. Through Akona School of Counselling my worldview has changed positively and I have acquired knowledge that has enabled me to start working on my vision which focuses on assisting women especially those in fertility age. I give glory to God for all that I have achieved and more to achieve through school of counselling.
Mr. Victor Amposah The Head of Psychiatric Unit Asesewa District Hospital: The Students of Akona School of Counselling comes from various institutions and with different backgrounds. Studying together with people with different caliber is a very good experience. The lectures are dedicated and punctual. The courses are real life experience courses. I am blessed to be a product of Akona School of Counselling Ghana.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Mercy Baidoo Begoro District Hospital Akona School of Counselling Ghana, Fanteakwa Rep: The entire students of Akona School of Counselling Ghana, Fanteakwa. (2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Centre thank God for his blessings through the course. We acknowledge the efforts of our loving and noble lectures for their time and patience for us. Really this course is an eye opener and the lessons learnt has made one a Competent Counsellor. We serve as testimonies for others to uplift the name of Akona. We are no longer advisors, but now Counsellors. I can boldly write business plan proposal, will etc.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Ms. Rose Ayiti, Medical Assistant, Bogoro Hospital: My sincere thanks goes to the Almighty God gave the vision, knowledge, directive and strength to his servants to bring the course to my door steps. I appreciate God for the life of the Director, Principal, Management and the lecturers for the knowledge and skills imparted unto us. Challenges in my life were resolved through the course. Indeed the course is an eye opener.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Rev. Shadrack A. Tetteh, Educationist, Tema: By joining Akona School of Counselling Ghana, my desire in human development has been dramatically enhanced. I see myself being shaped to fulfil my calling and ministry. Today, I can confidently say that I am an expert in counselling and can also help others improve their situations.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Rev. P.K. Abgevem, District pastor, The Apostolic Church Ghana, Akuse: I enrolled as a student in AKONA to study counselling a year ago at Akuse Centre. I thank God and all the lecturers. The study has transformed my life, children and my church. I am now a qualified counsellor ready to practice.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Sgt (Mrs.) Rosemina Bani, Ghana Police Service, Akuse: ASOC had equipped me with Techniques that enabled me as a police woman to deal with my clients in a better way than before. I used to advice and instruct them on what to do, but now counsel them to make a clear meaningful decisions. ASOC has also helped sharpen my marriage life, solve personal and marital problems, and also leant how to relate to others irrespective of their weaknesses. I can confidently say that through ASOC, I’m now a certified counsellor and a role model. Long live ASOC, long live AAPMAC, Long live the Director.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Mr. Wisdom Doe, Dept. of Social Welfare, Sogakope: For me, this course isa dream come true. The counselling courses actually broaden my horizon as a professional social worker. Indeed, the course has helped me to fill in the missing link. My course mates have actually expressed their joy over being partakers of this life building course. Personally, I wish all Ghanaians go through the training for personal benefits if not for career. On behalf of Sogakope branch, I say God bless you Mr. Konotey Ahulu and all the lecturers for realizing this noble Vision. Long live Akona School of Counselling Ghana.(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Inspector Thomas Obour, Ghana Police Service, Nkurakan: I am Thomas Obour of Ghana Police service, Nkurakan, I wish to send my sincere gratitude to the Director and Management of Akona School of Counselling Ghana for making me a Counsellor, something I have not dreamt of. When I was invited to be a participant of ASOC training, I felt a bit reluctant to honour, but at the end of the course, I have achieved a lot. The course has enhanced my ability to handle people and issues in my profession as a policeman and improve my role as a father at home. I really count my self-blessed and I wish the organization success in its future endeavors. Long live Akona, long live Ghana, and long live Africa.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)
Rev. Enoch Dugbatey, Pastor, Herald Assemblies of God, Odumase Krobo & Course Prefect, Odumase Krobo Centre: Akona School of Counselling has brought light into the type of counseling I used to do. Before coming to the training, what I used to do was more or less advising people than counseling. Now I have discovered the need of training everyone that is engaged in rendering some sort of counseling, so that we all can render effective counseling services to people that come to us. I haven’t attended other counseling training courses but Akona School of Counseling brings students right into practical counseling.
Akona School of Counseling has changed my world view. I now understand that our world view affect us deeply. Most of us attribute the social and emotional problems we face as being caused by evil spirits. Of a truth some may but most often than not it is due to our world view. Before coming to the training school I considered those mad people on the streets and in the mental hospitals to be the only people who are having mental problems, not knowing that every human being at a point in time develops mental problems. Even when one is angry he or she loses mental balance and there are things that throw us out of mental balance every day. Thanks to Akona School it has really affected the type of counseling I do.
(2nd Graduation - June 2012)