UNICEF, Lao Youth Union Launch Youth Counselling Manual

The Manual on Youth and Adolescents Counselling for Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LYU) Helpline Volunteers aims to improve counselling techniques for national and sub-national LYU staff in the Lao PDR

To better support helpline volunteers in delivering quality counselling services for children and youth, UNICEF Lao PDR and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LYU) today officially launched the Manual on Youth and Adolescents Counselling for LYU Helpline Volunteers.

The publication is the first-ever LYU counselling manual focusing on youth and adolescent issues. It provides technical tools and information, such as code of conducts, communication tips and data collection forms, for counsellors to effectively support children and youth. Jointly developed by UNICEF and LYU, the contents are drawn upon from counsellors’ experiences, multi-sectoral consultation and exchanges of lessons among government partners, UN agencies and CSOs.

“The LYU would like to extend our sincerest thanks to UNICEF for the technical and financial support for the development of the manual under the project ‘From Behind Closed Doors – Reaching Vulnerable and At-risk Children with Quality Protection and Mental Health Services in East Asia and the Pacific’. The manual will be instrumental in strengthening the capacity of national and sub-national LYU helpline staff and volunteers to provide counselling support to children and youths more effectively,” said Secretary-General of LYU Monxay Laomuaxong.

Source: Lao News Agency