Counselling Training in Afghanistan: the Long Term Development of the INSPIRE Project

  • Lucia BerdondiniEmail author
  • Ali Kaveh
  • Sandra Grieve


Between 2010 and 2014, the British Council funded a project under a scheme called INSPIRE, which involved training a group of 20 Afghan practitioners in counselling skills. The participants were from Kabul and Herat, and the partners in the project were the University of Herat and the University of Strathclyde (UK). The ethos of the programme was based on co-constructing a model of transcultural training that could be applicable within the Afghan context (Berdondini et al. in International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 36(3), 305–316, 2014). As an outcome, in 2016 the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education approved the launch of a Counselling Department and a Student Counselling Service within the University of Herat. This article aims to present and analyse the long-term development of INSPIRE in Afghanistan from the perspective of participants. Reflections on future implementation of this approach and training programs are also included.


Counselling training Afghanistan INSPIRE project Transcultural training 


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The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of East LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of HeratHeratAfghanistan
  3. 3.Northern School of PsychodramaLanarkUK

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