Counselling is an established and effective form of support for children and young people with mental health needs in schools. With schools under increasing pressure to meet the wellbeing of their pupils, counsellors have never been more essential.
This training will focus on understanding school structures, the role and processes and how a school counsellor fits into these systems. It will provide a space for exploring and reflecting on the best way for counsellors to work within schools and make an impact on children within the counselling room and classroom.
With 1 in 10 children and young people experiencing mental health problems, the government released a green paper in 2014 emphasising the importance of schools developing the skills and resources to support their pupils in this area. Counsellors are established professionals within schools, with 62% of schools offering counselling to their pupils. This positions counsellors effectively to be supportive to schools in meeting emotional needs.
The aim of this workshop is:
- To provide an increased understanding of school systems.
- Empower counsellors to feel more confident within this structure and feel part of the school community.
- Discuss and share possible ways of working within schools to effectively meet the child or young persons’ emotional needs.
- Consider or explore barriers and differences which might be experienced within this work.