Considering the Challenges of Counselling Practice in Schools

Low, Poi Kee (2009) Considering the Challenges of Counselling Practice in Schools. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 31. pp. 71-79.

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School counselling is developing rapidly in many countries around the World. As with any practice in a secondary setting, challenges and special issues are often identified, discussed, and managed. These can be categorized into four distinct domains: 1) Internal challenges, which include issues related to clientele groups, teachers’ attitudes towards counselling, and students’ willingness to seek counseling; 2) External challenges, which refer to social-economic changes beyond the school. These include popular culture, globalization and societal trends of more families and students moving across borders; 3) Systems challenges, which are those within the guidance programmes implemented by ministries, schools or counselling bodies. These issues may reside in the guidelines for practice in schools, referral procedures, and resource planning; 4) Personal challenges, which relate to the needs as well as the skills of the counsellor. Some examples here are training, supervision, and attitudes towards school systems. The four domains and interactions among them are discussed in this paper.

Item ID: 65948
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-3246
Copyright Information: © Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2023 04:12
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 30%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling @ 30%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 20%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 40%
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