State Coun­cil ap­proves pro­pos­als fo­cus­ing on so­cial, eco­nomic and psy­cho­log­i­cal needs of so­ci­ety

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Muscat - State Coun­cil’s first reg­u­lar ses­sion of the third sit­ting of the sixth term (2015-19) chaired by H E Dr Yahya bin Mah­foudh al Man­theri was held on Tues­day.

It was held in ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of Ar­ti­cle 85 bis (29) of the Ba­sic Law and was also at­tended by Dr Khalid bin Salim al Saidi, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the coun­cil, stated a press re­lease.

The high­lights of the ses­sion in­cluded ap­proval of the pro­pos­als of the Eco­nomic com­mit­tee on ‘In­te­grat­ing the Stan­dard of Liv­ing and Pro­duc­tiv­ity’ and ‘Pos­si­bil­i­ties for En­hanc­ing the In­de­pen­dence of the Na­tional Econ­omy’. The coun­cil also ap­proved the pro­pos­als of the So­cial com­mit­tee to study ‘Re­al­ity of ser­vices pro­vided by sports clubs and how to ben­e­fit from them to serve the com­mu­nity’ and ‘Omani na­tional project to re­duce child ac­ci­dents’. In ad­di­tion, it ap­proved the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by Dr Suad Mohamed Ali Su­laiman al Lawati, vice chair­per­son, State Coun­cil, on prac­tis­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling.

The coun­cil ap­proved the pro­posal of the Eco­nomic com­mit­tee to study the top­ics, ‘In­te­grat­ing the Stan­dard of Liv­ing and Pro­duc­tiv­ity’ and ‘Pos­si­bil­i­ties for En­hanc­ing the In­de­pen­dence of the Na­tional Econ­omy’.

The coun­cil also ap­proved the pro­pos­als of the So­cial Com­mit­tee to study the ‘Re­al­ity of ser­vices pro­vided by sports clubs and how to ben­e­fit from them to serve the com­mu­nity’ and the ‘Omani na­tional project to re­duce child ac­ci­dents’.

The study will fo­cus child safety leg­is­la­tions, pro­pose new items or amend ex­ist­ing ones, and de­velop a na­tional strat­egy that works through part­ner­ship be­tween var­i­ous sec­tors.

Re­gard­ing the study on ‘Re­al­ity of the ser­vices pro­vided by sports clubs and ways to ben­e­fit them to serve the com­mu­nity’, the So­cial com­mit­tee has cited sev­eral rea­sons for study­ing the sub­ject: Lack of con­for­mity of the role of sports clubs with the ob­jec­tives stip­u­lated in its statutes.

The coun­cil then dis­cussed the pro­posal sub­mit­ted by Dr Suad on ‘Prac­tis­ing the pro­fes­sion of psy­cho­log­i­cal guid­ance’. It ap­proved the pro­posal and a com­mit­tee will be formed to for­mu­late the pro­posal to fi­nalise it and in­clude the mem­bers’ com­ments and ob­ser­va­tions.

Dr Suad ex­plained that there is an ab­sence of law that reg­u­lates the work of pri­vate coun­selling and fam­ily coun­selling cen­tres. “The Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment is­sued reg­u­la­tions for these cen­tres, with­out any know-how.”

She said that the providers of fam­ily coun­selling ser­vices must be pro­fes­sion­ally qual­i­fied with a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in the field of psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling, clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy or men­tal health, as well as prac­ti­cal train­ing as per in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

H E Dr Yahya al Man­theri

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