ARCHDIOCESE OF GULU    




MOTTO: "Health of mind, heart and body integral development  








University of The Sacred Heart (USH) and the Archdiocese of Gulu in partnership with Walsh University-Ohio USA, have been conducting targeted basic counseling training programs for the past six years as an opportunity to promote the expansion of counseling services as Northern Uganda, recovers from the effects of years of internal wars. In this partnership, graduate students from Walsh University, USA come to Uganda every year to conduct counseling training programs to selected groups/professionals such as teachers, nurses, and priests etc.

The May 2014 basic counseling training program targeted 32 primary school teachers from primary schools from Gulu and Amuru districts . The training provided participants with knowledge of theory and practical skills related to children's/pupils problem management and opportunity development. The teachers were helped to a better understanding of the importance of developing professional behaviour and effective interpersonal communication skills. Participants also examine the role of personal, social, and professional values, ethical codes of conduct, and the ethics of decision making.

Participants are also helped to learn how to open, conduct and close a client interview. Attention was given to effective listening styles, giving and receiving feedback, elements of verbal and nonverbal communication, and the structuring of information and questioning techniques during an interview situation. Through role-playing, simulated interviews,

 presentations, group discussions and case analysis, opportunities are provided to explore, challenge, and evaluate a broad range of basic interviewing and problem management skills appropriate for helpers.

Award ceremony after the basic counseling training workshop for teachers

2. COUNSELING SUPERVISION TRAINING University of the Sacred Heart together with Walsh University also conducted a counseling supervision workshop for practicing counselors from selected institutions and organizations within the region.

Participants were drawn from TASO, Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, VIVO, CARITAS Counseling Center and other individual counselors. The workshop gave opportunity the participants to cultivate skills in conflict counseling, reconciliation and facilitation. The training was participant cantered, and learning builds on the experiences and  skills of everyone in the room.







 Participants pose for a photo after attending the counseling supervision workshop

3.PEACE LEADERSHIP TRAINING :University of the Sacred Heart(USH) in Partnership with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation based in Santa Barbara, California and the Sisters of St. Joseph conducted the first Peace Leadership training in Uganda from 24th-26th March 2014.He training which drew 23 participants comprising of individuals and representatives from Greater Upper Nile Peace Initiative (GUNPL)-South Sudan, Justice and Peace commission (JPC)-Gulu Archdiocese, John Paul II Justice and Peace Center-Kampala, PACTA Recovery Connection, Pastoral Coordinators Office Gulu Archdiocese, Domestic Violence Project, Volunteers from St. Mauritz Health Center, Journalists from Uganda Broadcasting co-operation, Diocesan Catechist desk Liaisonís Officer , and USH staff, took place at St. Monica Girls Tailoring School in Gulu and was facilitated by Mr. Paul K. Chappell, the Peace Leadership Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, based in Santa Barbara, California. The Peace Leadership training is a unique, groundbreaking training program that gives educators, community leaders, students, activists, and people from all backgrounds the skills they need to effectively wage peace every day. It presents clear and compelling insights into human nature and the myths that perpetuate war and conflict. Offering renewed hope and practical solutions.


Participants who attended the peace Leadership training pose for a photo with Paul K. Chappel. Photo by Joseph Laker


By Patrick Ojok

As part of her community outreach efforts, University of the Sacred Heart conducted a basic computer training program from Monday 5th -30th January 2015 to help participants learn or improve their knowledge and skills in basic computer applications. The training drew 10 participants (4 female and 6male) from primary schools, secondary schools students on vacation, and civil servants. The purpose of this training was to help participants become familiar with basic computer skills, including hardware, software and common applications. The Pro-grams/modules offered included introduction to computers, key-board typing skills, Microsoft word processing, Microsoft excel data spreading, power point presentation and Internet/email use. The computer program at USH was intended to provide the under-standing of general computer concepts to students and other members of the community,2.To build human capacity in the area of information communication technology., 3. To provide a foundation for further studies computers and other related subjects in secondary and post-secondary institutions.


Students undergoing the basic computer training program at the USH campus . Photo by Simon Okello


Inside this Issue

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

About the USH

Realization of the Vision of USH

Pillars of the University of the Sacred heart

Message from Editor

Key milestones of the USH

Community Outreach programs

Catechists training program

Operation for Academic Success through Intensive Students Support

The Tranquility that is USH