Counselling of leprosy affected persons and the community.
"Counselling is a helping process where one person explicitly and purposefully gives his/her time, attention and skills to assist a client to explore their situation, identity and act upon solutions within the limitations of their given environment". The GATHER (greet, ask, tell, help, explain, return visit) technique can be useful in successful counselling. Counselling services have been proven successful in reducing stigma. While the scope for counselling is quite enormous, it will vary according to the specific need. The few common points which have been detailed in the text must be followed by all while providing counselling in different situations. The points as specified are: (1) Counselling of new patients. (2) Counselling of patients under treatment for few months. (3) Counselling of patients on completion of treatment. (4) Counselling of family members. (5) Counselling of community members. The points mentioned are about issues on which counselling should be centred.