Synergy is Needed to Face New Challenges in Guidance and Counseling Field

The National Seminar, Inauguration and Regional Work Meeting of the Association of Indonesian Counseling and Guidance (ABKIN) for all branches in Yogyakarta had the theme "Challenges and Opportunities for Guidance and Counseling in Social and Cultural Disruption". This theme was carried out to find solutions to current issues related to counseling and to improve synergies among universities and the quality of counselors.

Present as the speakers were Prof. Dr. Mungin Eddy Wibowo, M.Pd., Kons., (Chairman of PB ABKIN) and Fathur Rahman, S.Pd., M.Si. (Chairman of PB ABKIN DIY). On this occasion, Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD) was trusted as the host. The event was held on Campus 4 UAD on Jln. Ringroad Selatan, Tamanan, Bantul, on Sunday (28/1/2018).

In his speech, Dr. Suwarjo, M.Si., the Chairman of ABKIN DIY for the period of 2009-2013 and 2013-2017, expressed his opinions on the new challenges faced by counseling guidance. He said that these new problems could not be overcome conventionally.

"Guidance and Counseling study programs needs to work together to learn from each other. There are many universities that have Guidance and Counseling study programs, if all are in synergy, any problems can be solved. For example, just like this activity, we can conduct seminars, work meetings and ABKIN training which can improve the quality of teachers, lecturers, and counselors. "

It must be noted that ABKIN is a professional organization in Indonesia which consists of guidance and counseling teachers and counselor. Initially, this organization was named Ikatan Pembugas Bimbingan Indonesia (IPBI) which was established on 17 December 1975. At the inauguration procession, several lecturers of BK UAD were elected as the administrators of ABKIN DIY for the period of 2017-2022.

Meanwhile, the Vice Dean of Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (FKIP) UAD, Dr. Suparman, M.Si, DEA., expressed his great appreciation of the activity in his speech. The reason is because AKBIN can be a form of synergy among universities and schools. (ard)