Dr. Nafees Sultana
Dr Nafees Sultana is a highly experienced Senior Counselor at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), specializing in counselling, well-being, and serving individuals of determination. With over 20 years of dedicated service in this field, she has made a significant impact on the lives of countless individuals.
Dr Sultana holds a doctorate in Psychology and a Licensed Psychologist (Social Therapist) recognized by the Community Development Authority, Dubai. Her expertise lies in counselling university students, their families, and students of determination, demonstrating her commitment to fostering their emotional and psychological growth.
Within her role at HCT, Dr Sultana assumes primary responsibility for conducting personal counselling, guidance and advice to students on an individual or group basis. She utilizes counselling sessions, student development workshops, special events, campaigns, and innovative initiatives to enhance student awareness and engagement.
Dr Sultana firmly believes in recommending the most comprehensive range of special accommodations and support for students of determination. As a counselling psychologist and well-being coach, she ensures that each student, including those academically at risk, receives tailored support systems to create an optimal learning environment.
Dr Sultana's expertise and contributions extend beyond her institution. She has been a featured presenter at various international conferences and published articles in the field.
Using digital tools for early intervention in young adults with mental health problems
The onset of mental health issues during adolescence and early adulthood can have profound effects on education, personality, relationships, and day-to-day functioning. In recent times, there has been a concerning increase in mental health issues among young adults, necessitating urgent attention and support. However, due to the stigma and attitudes surrounding mental health, many young adults experiencing mental illness or the onset of mental health issues refuse to seek professional help or support.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of technology across various industries, including counseling services, in unprecedented ways. Digital and hybrid pedagogical methods have proven to be highly beneficial in reaching a larger number of adolescents and young adults in need of counseling. Within a digital environment, counselors and therapists aim to empower individuals, detect problems early, and ensure timely treatment and support. The selection and utilization of digital tools in counseling, along with various service settings, have significantly complemented traditional face-to-face therapy. Case managers and practitioners have successfully intervened early and provided immediate mental health first aid through digital practices.
This paper explores the remarkable impact of using digital methods and practices for early intervention in treating mental health issues among young adults. It highlights how digital approaches enhance accessibility and anonymity, facilitate check-ins and detection of problems, and enable timely treatment and support. Furthermore, it discusses the integration of digital practices into various therapeutic approaches, providing examples and success stories.
In conclusion, the use of digital methods and practices for early intervention in treating mental health issues among young adults holds immense potential. By embracing digital platforms and techniques, we can bridge the gap between mental health services and individuals in need, ensuring timely and effective support.