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Counselling in Schools

 

Why Counselling in our School?

 

'Young people communicate all the time, but not always through words. Sometimes they communicate their distress through truancy, anger, bullying, disruptive behaviour, self harm, or through silence. Adults need to understand what this behaviour means and what young people are communicating and young people need to feel that they are heard and understood."

 

While research shows that young people throughout the United Kingdom want a variety of resources to refer to if they are unhappy, afraid or distressed, the main requirement is for a competent adult who honours confidentially and shows them respect. While this service can be provided by a number of individuals, evidence suggests that counselling works best when the individual meets with an independent, qualified and experienced counsellor who has experience in assessing developmental processes and can support the emotional needs of the young person.

 

Some evidence based practice

 

In general, pupils attending secondary school-based counselling services within the UK

  • attend for approximately 7 sessions
  • are most likely to be aged 12-14
  • are most likely to present with family, relational and anxiety issues (particularly if they are female), as well as school and anger issues (particularly if they are male)
  • a majority of pupils prefer to see a counsellor in their school because of convenience and timescale.
  • School staff particularly value the independence, expertise and confidentiality that a Counsellor brings to their pastoral care provision.

 

Recent studies suggest an increasing problem of self-harm in adolescents

 

  • A third of UK girls aged 11-19 have tried to harm themselves
  • Of those who admitted self harm, 43per cent said they did it because they were depressed

The three biggest causes were family problems, problems with friends and problems at school

 

These figures are 'worrying' and adolescents need better access to psychological therapies.

 

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