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How do secondary school counsellors work with other professionals?

Cromarty, Karen and Richards, Kaye, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2009) How do secondary school counsellors work with other professionals?

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Counselling services based in secondary schools across the UK are becoming common place. Indeed, several of the home nations have national strategies and targets to introduce universal counselling into schools to address the mental health needs of young people more effectively. This study explores how secondary school counsellors work with other professionals within and outside schools in the delivery of services. Sixteen school counsellors from across the UK were interviewed, in four different focus groups - 2 in England (n=8) and 2 in Scotland (n=8). The findings indicate that the professional relationships counsellors have with other colleagues have a direct influence upon the quality of the service they feel able to offer. Time spent with colleagues when setting up services was viewed as highly beneficial, as was time spent building relationships and connections with colleagues within the school and from external agencies and organisations, as well as having a senior member of staff to liaise with. It is apparent that attending to relationships outside of the counselling room may influence the positive outcomes for the counselling service and its clients generally. Implications of these findings may influence the time counsellors are employed by commissioners, and how counsellors use their time allocation in schools to ensure that effective services are both achieved and maintained. The research also points to the need for future research into the processes and practices in the delivery of school counselling across the UK. Karen Cromarty and Kaye Richards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Variant Title: How do secondary school counsellors work with other professionals? (Sharing our experience, Practitioner led research 2008-2009 PLR0809/115)
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 11:16
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